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.
The global record on gender equality remains mixed with progress on many fronts, but gaps remaining in others.
Paid parental leave is one of the most important benefits of flexibility extended to working parents, especially when mandatory paternity leave policies are implemented.
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.
Just like women’s invisible work in the household, women’s work in community building and conflict resolution, which has significant human development implications, often goes unacknowledged.
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.
The 2015 Human Development Report (HDR) considers major changes in the world of work, affecting when, how, and where people work.
Until the Industrial Revolution, neither formal education nor advances in technology made much of a difference for the vast majority of people.
I am delighted to welcome you to the launch of the 2015 Human Development Report. UNDP expresses its profound gratitude to Ethiopia for hosting this launch, and for His Excellency the Prime Minister’s presence here with us today to give the keynote speech and launch the report.
Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,