The following launches are organised by the UNDP Human Development Report Office, the UNDP Partnership Bureau and/or UNDP Regional Bureaus and do not include national events organised by UNDP country offices.
The 2010 Report – The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development – was launched on 4 November 2010 by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who helped devise the HDI for the first Human Development Report in 1990 with the late economist Mahbub ul Haq, the series founder. The Human Development Reports and the HDI challenged purely economic measures of national achievement and helped lay the conceptual foundation for the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, calling for consistent global tracking of progress in health, education and overall living standards.
04 November 2010
04 November 2010
24 May 2011
Human Development and Indigenous Peoples – Indicators to Measure Multi-dimensional Poverty and Experiences from Latin America
UN, New York
HDRO, in collaboration with the UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, is organizing a side event for the 10th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
7-8 April 2011
Human Rights, Development and Economic Growth - Metrics, New Ways of Thinking, and New Strategies
This conference will examine these new metrics and how scholars, business leaders, and government officials are using them to devise cost-effective approaches to stimulating economic growth while advancing human rights.
10-11 March 2011
Statistics for policymaking: Europe 2020
The conference will focus on the role of statistics in policymaking and political decision-making, using the Europe 2020 strategy as a case in point. It will discuss the role statistics played in the formulation of the strategy and the role it will have in its implementation. This will be done in a broader framework of statistics used for evidence based decision making where the statistical support for the Europe 2020 strategy is a concrete example.
23 February 2011
Twenty-five years ago, James Foster's influential work with Joel Greer and Erick Thorbecke helped define the way the world measures poverty. Foster will present his recent work on the theory of how to measure poverty when we care not only about income but also other dimensions of well-being such as health and education.
11 February 2011
Building Better: Gender & Human Development in Asia
Washington DC, United States
On its 20th anniversary, UNDP’s annual Human Development Report (HDR) finds that Asia has progressed fastest in terms of human well-being since 1970, with China, Indonesia, South Korea, Laos, and Nepal surging ahead. But its new Gender Inequality Index shows South Asia in particular trailing behind on the critical measure of gender equality. An Asia-specific HDR also highlights women’s economic, legal, and political rights and how they impact human development in the region. HDR lead author Jeni Klugman, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia & the Pacific Ajay Chhibber, and World Bank Executive Director for Germany Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven will discuss how Asia is both leading and lagging in the work of building better lives for its people.
8-11 December 2010
Understanding Quality of Life and Building a Happier Tomorrow
This will be the first ISQOLS conference in Asia. It represents a special opportunity for academics & researchers, policy makers, and practitioners from Asia and elsewhere to meet and share knowledge. The aim of our conference is to display the high quality of research into quality of life that is occurring in the Asian region and around the world. The conference provides an opportunity to showcase research relevant to the development of public policy and provides an opportunity to work together to build 'a happier tomorrow'.
1 December 2010
Measure for Measure: How well do we measure development?
Economic growth is not necessarily development. GDP can grow in a country without noticeable improvement of poverty, health or education. Yet, development keeps being measured mostly by GDP growth and public attention keeps focusing on that sole statistic. But then, how should we measure development? Should we define a multiplicity of indicators? Should we try to integrate all the dimensions of development into an aggregate indicator? The various aspects of development are nevertheless difficult to compare. These are some of the questions that were addressed by top international experts and a large international audience in the joint AFD/EUDN conference. Discussions focused on approaches that can be taken as alternatives to, or complementary of traditional statistical measures to quantify economic and social progress and to design and monitor better development strategies.
22-26 November 2010
Global South South Development Expo 2010
The GSSD Expo is not designed for the discussion of problems or the presentation of generalized scenarios and prescriptions for solving them. Rather, it is designed solely to enable developing countries and their development partners, including donor agencies, organizations of the United Nations system, and private-sector and civil society organizations to systematically and regularly showcase their evidence-based SSDSs. These solutions are deeply rooted in and developed under historical, political, economic, social and geographical conditions specific to the SSDS-originating countries.
19 November 2010
Human Development Report 2010 - live webcast for Paris launch
The 20th Anniversary Edition was launched in New York last week. The wikiprogress live webcast will cover the Paris launch on Friday 19 November (10:00 to 12:00 Paris time) at OECD Headquarters. The event will feature a presentation of the report by Ms. Jeni Klugman, Director, Human Development Report Office, UNDP. A high-level panel discussion, chaired by Ms. Martine Durand, Chief Statistician and Director, Statistics Directorate, OECD will follow.
17 November 2010
The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development
Washington DC, United States
Most developing countries have made dramatic progress in health, education, and basic living standards in recent decades, with many of the poorest countries posting the greatest gains, according to the 2010 Human Development Report. But patterns vary greatly, with some countries losing ground since 1970. Introducing three new indices, the 20th anniversary edition of the Report documents wide inequalities within and among countries, deep disparities between women and men, and extreme multidimensional poverty in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Join us for a discussion of the report with an expert panel including its lead author.
11-14 October 2010
Third Global Forum on Gender Statistics
The focus of the 2010 Forum is on the gender dimensions of health statistics, including measurement of maternal mortality, causes of death and disability, and related methodological advances. National practices in the incorporation of a gender perspective in national statistical systems and in the measurement of women and men’s health will be reviewed.
14 July 2010
Release of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)
London, United Kingdom
OPHI and the UNDP Human Development Report launch the Multidimensional Poverty Index or MPI – an innovative new measure that gives a vivid “multidimensional” picture of people living in poverty. The MPI will be featured in the 20th Anniversary edition of the UNDP Human Development Report and goes beyond income by reflecting a range of deprivations that afflict a person’s life at the same time.
14-16 June 2010
Multidimensional Poverty & Inequality: New Methods & Research Directions
Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, UK
OPHI’s workshop on new methods and research directions in multidimensional poverty and inequality discussed innovative new techniques to measure multiple dimensions of life. Participants included senior academics, students and representatives from international agencies. The workshop was co-sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report Office, who OPHI is collaborating with on work towards the 2010 UNDP Human Development Report.
19 March 2010
Success and Failure in Human Development
UN Delegates Dining Room
Prof. Stewart delivered the lecture as the 2009 recipient of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mahbub ul Haq Award. She received the award last October at a reception in Busan, South Korea. The award is given every two to three years to recognize a leading national, regional or world figure that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to furthering human development understanding and progress.
25 February 2010
Rethinking Human Development, Part Two: The Role of Democratic Governance
In celebration of this 20th anniversary year of UNDP’s Human Development Report, the UNDP Washington Roundtable is convening several sessions on rethinking human development. Part Two of this series will take stock of the role of democratic governance in human development. The opening paragraphs of the inaugural 1990 Human Development Report stated that political freedom, including human rights, was an integral part of human development.
23 February 2010
Human Development: A retrospective & prospects
The Pardee Distinguished Lecture focused on the lessons learnt from 20 years of UN Human Development Reports and on prospects for global human development in the future.
19 February 2010
Human Development – influence on the theory and practice of international development
New Orleans, United States
Human development is one of several paradigms that define what ‘development’ is, should be, and what policy options work best. Built on Amartya Sen’s work on capabilities, and launched as a paradigm in the 1990 Human Development Report led by Mahbub ul Haq, it has been an important reference in international development policy debates for the last 2 decades. What has been its influence?
28 January 2010
Rethinking Human Development, Part One
University of California Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW (between 16th & 17th Streets)
During the course of this anniversary year, the UNDP Washington Roundtable will convene several sessions on this rethinking of human development. Part One of this series, our January 28th session, will take stock of human development and the Human Development Index in the context of the current reviews of U.S. development policy and the recent findings of the Sarkozy Commission.
28-29 January 2010
Twenty Years of Human Development: The past and the future of the Human Development Index
The Von Hugel Institute/Capability and Sustainability Network, University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/Human Development Report Office (HDRO), invites researchers from different disciplines and parts of the world to submit papers on the history of Human Development and its future prospects. The general aim of this workshop is twofold: to stimulate further understanding of the last twenty years of the Human Development perspective and to examine proposals for improving its future prospects.