The life and prospects faced by a newborn in a poor country or in a poor household are radically different from those of wealthier children. In all societies, long-standing forms of inequality persist while gaps are opening in new aspects of life. The 2019 Human Development Report will focus on understanding the dimensions of inequality most important to people’s wellbeing, and what is behind them. The report will go beyond the dominant discourse focused on income disparities to also consider inequalities in other dimensions such as health, education, access to technologies, and exposure to economic and climate-related shocks. It will use new data and methods to highlight how inequality affects people’s lives in a way that measures based on averages cannot; and it will take a long-term view towards 2030 and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and beyond. Read press release and blog by Pedro Conceição, Director of the Human Development Report Office at UNDP.

With 18 consultation meetings completed between March and September 2019, in both New York and with partners and regional stakeholders in Beirut, Bonn, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Doha, Geneva, Marrakech, Nairobi, Nursultan, Paris, Rabat, Tokyo and Washington DC, the Report will look to provide the broadest analysis of inequality in human development to date. This page chronicles the preparation process. Move the interactive timeline below to browse, select and read reports, news, and key points discussed at different consultations.