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23 March 2017

Millions of people are not benefiting from progress, with the gap set to widen unless deep-rooted development barriers, including discrimination and unequal political participation, are tackled.

22 March 2017

I am delighted to join Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at this launch of the 2016 Human Development Report here in Stockholm.

21 March 2017

Let me start with a simple statement: every human being counts and every human life is equally valuable.

In past decades, there has been significant gains in human development levels in almost every country; but millions of people have not benefited from this progress. Who has been left behind and why? The Human Development Report 2016 ’Human Development for Everyone’ looks into these two questions. It identifies recognizes that in every society certain groups are far more likely to suffer disadvantages than others and identifies deep-rooted, and often unmeasured, barriers to development.

The report also looks to what societies should do to advance human development for everyone. It sets forward policy recommendations at the national level and also looks at ways in which the global development landscape could be made more effective in the fight to leave no one behind and achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


2016 Human Development Report is available in a full range of digital formats, including a microsite, e-book and PDF:

Human Development Report 2016 Global Launch 

On March 21 2017 UNDP Administrator Helen Clark launched the Human Development Report 'Human Development for Everyone' in Stockholm, along with the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven; Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Lövin; Human Development Report lead author Selim Jahan; and Professor Solita Monsod, University of Manila.

Watch a video introducing the report themes, and see speeches, photos and social media from the Global Launch event.


Read Global Launch Speech by Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden.

Read Global Launch Speech by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.

Read Global Launch Speech by Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the report.

2016 Global Launch Photos

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Regional and National Launches

Following the Global Launch, 'Human Development for Everyone' is being launched in many different countries. In this first two weeks after the global launch the report is being been launched in Bangladesh, Bahrain, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Spain, Jamaica, Laos, Myanmar, Nigeria, United Kingdom and Ukraine, Indonesia. Many more launch events will take place over the coming months.

2016 Regional Launch Photos

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Storify from 2016 Global and Regional Launch

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Human Development in the News

Human Development Reports recognised as one of the top ten sources of international development data.

17 March 2016
Source: The Guardian

"Despite overall progress, the world should focus more on sustainable work that doesn't put people at risk."

09 February 2016
Source: (Audio) Deutsche Welle (DW)

"The United Nations has recently spoken out on the need for women to have better access to digital technologies to lead to gender equality."

09 February 2016
Source: Pulse.com

"Work is the defining issue of our time, with implications for every country. The world of work is changing rapidly, and the SDGs are very much linked to work. These are precisely the reasons for the theme of work....If not now, when? If if not us, who?"

28 January 2016
Source: Audio via Commonwealth Secretariat

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