HDialogue

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 May 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 April 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 aspects. The relevance of these traditional occupations to the demands of a modern economy has to be defined now.

19 April 2016 | Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office at UNDP

The 2016 Human Development Report (HDR) will be the 25th edition.

14 April 2016 | Dr Julia K Steinberger, Associate Professor in Ecological Economics, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Reducing the risk of climate change requires large and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, most of which are caused by the burning of fossil energy sources (1).

06 April 2016 | Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of the Ibero-American General Secretariat

In the quarter-century since the publication in 1990 of the first Human Development Report, the world has made astounding strides in reducing poverty and improving the health, education, and living conditions of hundreds of millions of people.

05 April 2016 | Nohra Padilla, Director of the National Association of Recyclers (Colombia) and recipient of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize.

The Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development have drawn attention to the world’s 20 million recyclers.

18 March 2016 | Selim Jahan and Tanni Mukhopadhyay

The global record on gender equality remains mixed with progress on many fronts, but gaps remaining in others.

18 March 2016 | Natalia Linou and Jon Hall are policy specialists in, respectively, UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development team and the Human Development Report Office.

Sunday marks the United Nations’ 5th International Day of Happiness. Few people are against the pursuit of happiness, but many argue that governments – and international organisations for that matter – have no business in setting happiness as a public policy goal.

17 March 2016 | 2015 Human Development Report

Paid parental leave is one of the most important benefits of flexibility extended to working parents, especially when mandatory paternity leave policies are implemented.

15 March 2016 | HDRO Research Team

The Human Development Report, 2015 highlights a contradiction: it is care work mostly undertaken by women - that makes possible much of the paid work that drives the market economy.