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16 October 2017
The last few months have seen many natural disasters across the world, raising global attention on disaster risk reduction. In August, unusually heavy rainfalls flooded South Asia, killing over 1,200 people and displacing at least 2.5 million in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. On 7 September, the strongest earthquake to hit Mexico in a century killed...
04 October 2017
Horizontal inequalities are inequalities between groups with different identities, like blacks and whites, women and men, Muslims and Hindus, or Hutus and Tutsis, among many examples. Such inequalities are unjust and resented. When severe, horizontal inequalities can cause violent conflict. These inequalities are often extremely persistent. Blacks...
29 September 2017
Our world is rapidly ageing. By 2050, our planet will be home to twice as many people aged 60 or more than there are today. At the same time, the population aged 80 or more will triple in size, according to UN Division for Economic and Social Affairs’ 2017 Revision of the World Population Prospects. Even sub-Saharan Africa, a region better known...
26 September 2017
Earlier this month I spoke at an event to launch a new book - “Human Development and Global Institutions: Evolution, Impact, Reform” - by Richard Ponzio and Arunabha Ghosh (Routledge, London). It provided a welcome opportunity to reflect on the role human development has played in shaping global development, including the global development goals...
24 September 2017
Mental health issues are a serious concern, and an area that is enormously underrecognized. Globally at least 800,000 people commit suicide each year: one suicide every 40 seconds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds, and for every suicide there are many more attempts each year. But suicide is only one extreme...
15 September 2017
This year’s International Day of Democracy calls for more inclusive institutions and civic participation to promote peace and stability. This focus is very much aligned with the 2016 Human Development Report ‘Human Development for Everyone,’ which calls for governments and multilateral organizations to encourage universal civil participation and...
08 September 2017
Selim Jahan's, HDRO Director, keynote speech at the Annual Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association in Cape Town, South Africa . Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, 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...