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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Actualités, idées et mises à jour

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(FRENCH)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.

03 Mai 2016 | Orhan Pamuk. Novelist, screenwriter, academic and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature

There is a charming anecdote about the German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss.

26 Avril 2016 | Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka

Centuries of irrigated agriculture and rice farming have been embedded in Sri Lanka’s cultural traditions, enriching the lives of her people in all

19 Avril 2016 | Selim Jahan, Directeur du Bureau du Rapport sur le développement humain au PNUD

Le Rapport sur le développement humain (RDH) 2016 marquera sa 25ème édition.

Intitulé Pérenniser le progrès humain : réduire les vulnérabilités et renforcer la résilience, le rapport offre un nouveau regard sur la vulnérabilité et propose des moyens de renforcer la résilience.

Selon les mesures de la pauvreté basées sur les revenus, 1,2 milliard de personnes vivent avec un revenu inférieur ou égal à 1,25 dollar par jour. Les dernières estimations de l'Indice de pauvreté multidimensionnelle (IPM) du PNUD révèlent toutefois que presque 1,5 milliard de personnes dans 91 pays en développement vivent en situation de pauvreté marquée par des carences cumulées en matière de santé, d'éducation et de niveau de vie. Et malgré une baisse d’ensemble, près de 800 millions de personnes risquent encore de basculer dans la pauvreté en cas de crise financière, naturelle ou autre.

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


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

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

17 Mars 2016
Source: The Guardian

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

09 Février 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 Février 2016

"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 Janvier 2016
Source: Audio via Commonwealth Secretariat

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