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Human Development at a Crossroad - Revisiting the Concept and the Measurement

Features on The Future of Human Development

How can the human-development approach be used to help policymakers tackle today's complex global challenges?

The Human Development Report Office and Project Syndicate partners to commission a series of articles to mark the 25th anniversary of the Report.

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How has Human Development contributed and influenced the international debate? What are the challenges ahead? Development leaders reflect on these issues in a special series of the HDialogue blog.

02 February 2016 | Robert Reich, Former United States Secretary of Labor

The argument voiced in the late 19th century over alleged “freedom of contract” was that any deal between employees and workers was perfectly fine if both sides voluntarily agreed to it. - So workers were worth no more than the wages they could command in the labour market.

18 January 2016 | By Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the 2015 Human Development Report

The 2015 Human Development Report (HDR) considers major changes in the world of work, affecting when, how, and where people work.

22 December 2015 | Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD’s Secretary-General

Until the Industrial Revolution, neither formal education nor advances in technology made much of a difference for the vast majority of people.

For the very first time, The Human Development Report is available in a unique web version.

The web version of the Human Development Report 2015: Work for Human Development contains interactive features that provide enhanced functionality and enable information sharing in our interconnected world.

Human Development Report 2015 Global Launch 

On December 14 2015 UNDP Administrator Helen Clark launched the Human Development Report 'Work for Human Development' in Addis Ababa, along with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Human Development Report lead author Selim Jahan, Carlos Lopes of Economic Commision for Africa and Jean Mfasoni of African Union Commission.

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

2015 Global Launch Video

Speeches

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

Read Global Launch Speech by Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

2015 Global Launch Photos

View and download photos from the launch event

Human Development Report 2015

Please see the Storify wrap-up for more photos, news articles and videos from the Global Launch week.

Regional and National Launches

Following the Global Launch, 'Work for Human Development' is being launched in many different countries. The report has been launched in  Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Congo Brazzaville, Congo DR, Denmark, Ecuador, Gambia, India, Italy, Japan, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Viet Nam and other countries. Many more launch events will take place over the coming weeks.

Regional Launch Photos

Human Development Report Launches

 

Please see the Storify wrap-up for more photos, news articles and videos from regional and country launches

Human Development in the News

"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

“Fast technological progress, deepening globalization, aging societies and environmental challenges are rapidly transforming what work means today and how it is performed”

15 December 2015
Source: The New York Times

“Although technological change and globalization have boosted employment and as a result lifted human development levels for people on many continents, a substantial percentage of global youths remain mired in unemployment”

15 December 2015
Source: Aljazeera

“MONEY isn’t everything. That’s the idea behind the United Nations’ Human Development Index, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.”

15 December 2015
Source: The Economist

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