30 November 2011
The UN Development Programme cordially invites you to:
“Sustainability & Equity: A Better Future for All” - A discussion of the 2011 Human Development Report with
Olav Kjorven, UN Assistant Secretary-General & Director of UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy
William Orme, Chief, Communications & Publishing, UNDP Human Development Report Office
Andrew Deutz, PhD, Director, International Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy
Moderated by Elizabeth Shogren, NPR
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 12-2 p.m.
University of California, Washington Center (UCDC)
1608 Rhode Island Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
A light lunch will be served.
Past Human Development Reports have shown living standards in most countries have been rising, and converging, for several decades now. Yet the 2011 Report projects a disturbing reversal of those trends if environmental deterioration and social inequalities continue to intensify, with the least developed countries diverging downwards from global patterns of progress by 2050. The world’s most disadvantaged people, further, suffer most from environmental degradation and disproportionately lack political power, making it all the harder to reach agreement on needed global policy changes. The Report outlines great potential for positive synergies in the quest for greater equality and sustainability, especially at the national level, and emphasizes the human right to a healthful environment, the importance of integrating social equity into environmental policies, and the critical importance of public participation and official accountability.
Please join us for a discussion of the report—its findings and recommendations—and how UNDP is working to address environment and energy issues.
The UNDP Human Development Report was first launched in 1990 by the renowned Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq and Indian Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. Its goal was to place people at the center of the development process in terms of economic debate, policy, and advocacy. “People are the real wealth of a nation,” Haq wrote in the first report in 1990. “The basic objective of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives. This may appear to be a simple truth. But it is often forgotten in the immediate concern with the accumulation of commodities and financial wealth.” The Human Development Report is an independent study commissioned by UNDP and produced by a selected team of leading scholars, development practitioners, and members of the Human Development Report Office of UNDP.
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