28-29 January 2013
On 28-29 January, 2013, UNDP/HDRO and Professor Jean-Paul Fitoussi organized a workshop on developing alternative measures of sustainable human development. The objective was to initiate substantive follow up during 2013 with the aim to potentially introduce a sustainable development measurement in the 2014 Human Development Report.
Human development is about enabling people (everywhere) to lead lives they have reason to value on the basis of adequate standards of health, education and knowledge, material standard of living, respect for their human rights, including through social justice and opportunities to be heard on matters that affect their lives. Understanding that ‘what is measured matters’ the Human Development Reports since 1990 have sought to present a measurement of some of the most basic/key features of human development in the human development index (HDI), reflecting the average level of health, education and material wellbeing in a country as an alternative to gross domestic product (GDP). It came to be seen as a measure of human progress more related to the lives of people. As eloquently expressed by Robert Kennedy, GDP “measures everything ... except what makes life worthwhile.”
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