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02 February 2016
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. And if they toiled 12 hour days in sweatshops for lack of any better...
18 January 2016
The 2015 Human Development Report (HDR) considers major changes in the world of work, affecting when, how, and where people work. Technological progress, deepening globalization, aging societies and environmental challenges are transforming work, posing challenges to all societies and with deep implications for human development. The report urges...
22 December 2015
Until the Industrial Revolution, neither formal education nor advances in technology made much of a difference for the vast majority of people. But as technological progress accelerated, education failed to keep pace, leaving vast numbers of people struggling to adapt to a rapidly changing world and contributing to widespread suffering. It took a...
15 December 2015
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. There can be no doubt that history will judge 2015 to be a remarkably...
14 December 2015
Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Work is the defining issue of our time. It is a challenge which society in the world is facing today. The world of work is also changing fast with implications for human development. The 2030 Development Agenda, which the world has recently agreed upon, is linked to the issue of work. These...
13 December 2015
It gives me great pleasure to share this platform for the launch of one the most anticipated reports of every year. This year has proved pivotal for the global development agenda setting. Because Addis Ababa has played a critical role in it. By successfully hosting and chairing the Third International Conference on Financing for Development the...
03 November 2015
Twenty-five years ago, the state of public health for large populations was like that of a doctor trying to treat a patient without a proper diagnosis. The diseases and injuries that cut lives short and caused widespread suffering were not rigorously tracked. Back then, well-meaning advocates for different diseases published death tolls that...