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.

13 November 2015 | Asghar Zaidi, Professor in International Social Policy, at University of Southampton

We live in an incredible world, almost unimaginable to our great grandparents. We are living longer than ever before, we are healthier and many of us can look forward to an active and healthy old age. 

03 November 2015 | Christopher J.L. Murray, Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Twenty-five years ago, the state of public health for large populations was like that of a doctor trying to treat a patient without a proper diagnosis. The diseases and injuries that cut lives short and caused widespread suffering were not rigorously tracked.

28 October 2015 | Milorad Kovacevic, Chief Statistician at HDRO

Adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development at the World Summit on 25-27 September 2015, the world leaders have recognized that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainabl

20 October 2015 | Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office

On 14 December, 2015, H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark and I shall launch the 2015 Human Development Report entitled Work for Human Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

19 October 2015 | Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway and a member of The Elders

OSLO – In the early 1990s, when I was Prime Minister of Norway, I once found myself debating sustainable development with an opposition leader who insisted that I tell him the government’s single most important priority in that field.

12 August 2015 | Jon Hall, Policy Specialist in the Human Development Report Office

August 12 marks International Youth Day, which in 2015 focuses on civic engagement, because the “engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development.

23 July 2015 | René Mauricio Valdés, Ph.D. UN Resident Coordinator in Argentina

All societies have people to care for and care-givers. An ability to meet care needs is critical to national well-being. Although there are different ways of organizing care activities, most of them are still undertaken by family members, mostly women and girls whose labor is usually unpaid.

15 July 2015 | UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, Singapore

Deep shifts in economies, societies and the environment are changing the way citizens worldwide live, work and interact.[1] These changes also affect the public sector, which in 2013 employed over 110 million people worldwide.[2] Although much of the thinking on how public s

10 June 2015 | Professor Akihiko Tanaka

Human security has played a significant role in the global development discourse since the term was introduced in the 1994 Human Development Report. Nowhere more so than

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12 May 2015 | Jean-Pierre Cling, Mireille Razafindrakoto and François Roubaud

Informal employment – informality - is everywhere in the developing world. Although it provides badly needed jobs for the poor, it harms workers’ protection, earning predictability and social benefits. It also reduces the tax base.