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Features on The Future of Human Development

How can the human-development approach be used to help policymakers tackle today's complex global challenges?

The Human Development Report Office and Project Syndicate partners to commission a series of articles to mark the 25th anniversary of the Report.

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13 February 2018 | Melisa Bretón, Programme Officer Sustainable Human Development, UNDP Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a fast-growing economy with an average growth rate of around 5%, above the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) average of 2% over the last 10 years. In 2014 it moved up in human development category, from medium to high human development.

29 January 2018 | Asghar Zaidi, Professor of International Social Policy, University of Southampton

It is no secret that the world’s population is ageing.

28 November 2017 | Andréa Bolzon, Coordinator of the National Human Development Report, UNDP Brazil

There is a positive relationship between human development and practicing physical sports.

22 November 2017 | Yu-Chieh Hsu, Statistics Analyst, and Milorad Kovacevic, Chief Statistician, at the Human Development Report Office, UNDP

One third of women—and more than two-thirds in some countries—have experienced physical or sexual violence inflicted by an intimate partner or sexu

07 November 2017 | Jon Hall, Policy Specialist at the Human Development Report Office, UNDP

One of the greatest strengths of the human development approach is its emphasis on viewing the world – and people’s lives – as complex, interconnec

In past decades, there has been significant gains 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? The Human Development Report 2016 ’Human Development for Everyone’ looks into these two questions. It recognizes that in every society certain groups are far more likely to suffer disadvantages than others and identifies deep-rooted, and often unmeasured, barriers to development.

The report also looks to what societies should do to advance human development for everyone. It sets forward policy recommendations at the national level and also looks at ways in which the global development landscape could be made more effective in the fight to leave no one behind and achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


2016 Human Development Report is available in a full range of digital formats, including a microsite, e-book and PDF:

Human Development Report 2016 Global Launch 

On March 21 2017 UNDP Administrator Helen Clark launched the Human Development Report 'Human Development for Everyone' in Stockholm, along with the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven; Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Lövin; Human Development Report lead author Selim Jahan; and Professor Solita Monsod, University of Manila.

Watch a video introducing the report themes, and see speeches, photos and social media from the Global Launch event.


Read Global Launch Speech by Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden.

Read Global Launch Speech by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.

Read Global Launch Speech by Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the report.

2016 Global Launch Photos

View and download photos from the global launch event in Stockholm, Sweden

Regional and National Launches

Following the Global Launch, 'Human Development for Everyone' is being launched in many different countries. In this first two weeks after the global launch the report is being been launched in Bangladesh, Bahrain, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Spain, Jamaica, Laos, Myanmar, Nigeria, United Kingdom and Ukraine, Indonesia. Many more launch events will take place over the coming months.

2016 Regional Launch Photos
View and download photos from launch events around the world.


Read the speech by Jean-Marie Le Guen, French Secretary of States at the launch of the 2016 Report in Paris on 23 March 2017

Read the speech by Magdy Martinez-Soliman, Assistant Secretary General, at the launch of the 2016 Report in Paris on 23 March 2017

Read the speech by Magdy Martinez-Soliman, Assistant Secretary General, at the launch of the 2016 Report in Madrid on 24 March 2017

Storify on the global launch of the report and presentations around the world
Watch videos and read posts on Storify about the 2016 Global and Regional Launch

Human Development in the News

Human Development Reports recognised as one of the top ten sources of international development data.

17 March 2016
Source: The Guardian

"Despite overall progress, the world should focus more on sustainable work that doesn't put people at risk."

09 February 2016
Source: (Audio) Deutsche Welle (DW)

"The United Nations has recently spoken out on the need for women to have better access to digital technologies to lead to gender equality."

09 February 2016
Source: Pulse.com

"Work is the defining issue of our time, with implications for every country. The world of work is changing rapidly, and the SDGs are very much linked to work. These are precisely the reasons for the theme of work....If not now, when? If if not us, who?"

28 January 2016
Source: Audio via Commonwealth Secretariat

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