We start by wishing readers a Happy New Year. We continue by asking you to reflect on what this means. Because happiness can be different things to different people.
Insecurity is inherent to human life. And this world of insecurities is full of incoherence: during the most intense part of the war in Iraq after 2003, many more people died from tobacco than from bombs.
As a theoretical physicist I understand very well the concept of vulnerability: there is little in the cosmos that is not susceptible to harm. Even the very universe itself may someday come to an end.
A World That Counts, the report by the UN Secretary General’s Data Revolution Group, was released yesterday.
Imagine for a moment that you are a baker. Now what would be on your list of essentials for an ultimate, everyday bread recipe? Flour would probably be at the top of your list. A liquid, to act as a binding agent. And heat.
Last year the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda called for a “data revolution”.
Last week I was delighted to receive UNDP’s Mahbub Ul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development. Not only was this an honour, it was also a welcome opportunity for me to reflect on the past 25 years of human development reporting.
“Clear skies with intermittent thunder and lighting” is an odd forecast but an apt description of the larger world we live in. In whatever sunny place you are, you have likely been affected at some point, to some degree, by dark occurrences in far away places.
Men are far more likely to die a violent death than women, so why single out violence against women and girls as a challenge for sustainable human development? There are a number of compelling reasons.
As successive Human Development Reports have shown, most people in most countries are doing better in human development. Globalization, advances in technology and higher incomes all hold promise for longer, healthier, more secure lives.