In past decades, there has been significant progress in human development levels in almost every country; but millions of people have not benefited from this progress. Who has been left behind and why?
Millions of people are not benefiting from progress, with the gap set to widen unless deep-rooted development barriers, including discrimination and unequal political participation, are tackled.
I am delighted to join Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at this launch of the 2016 Human Development Report here in Stockholm. Sweden has long championed human development, and the results of its commitment and investments are reflected in its very high ranking on the Human Development Index.
I am honoured to be here.
Let me start with a simple statement: every human being counts and every human life is equally valuable. That universalism is at the core of the human development concept and is the driving force behind the 2016 Human Development Report.
October 20 is World Statistics Day and a good occasion to reflect on the ever growing attention to statistics.
Human trafficking, which represents the recruitment, transport, receipt and harboring of people for the purpose of exploiting their labor, affects almost all parts of the world and it is having a negative impact on human development progress.
How has the world of child labour changed since you first got involved in the field? What are some of the positive changes and some of the less positive ones?
There is no denying that conflict has far-reaching negative effects, including on employment.