Launch of the 2010 Human Development Report

UNDP’s 20th anniversary Human Development Report  –“The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development” – will be launched on November 4th at the United Nations  by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen.

The 2010 HDR’s lead author, Jeni Klugman, will present its main findings, including its revealing review of global development data and trends of recent decades, and the introduction of new human development indices. Among those new indices is the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), created by the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative and released publicly in July, and the Report’s original Human Development Index (HDI) adjusted to reflect gender disparities and other inequalities.

As part of the 20th anniversary commemoration, the Human Development Report Office will republish all previous HDRs in searchable PDF and e-book formats for free downloading.  The HDR website will also be re-launched with extensive, interactive new data resources covering most countries in the world.   Visitors will be able to create their own development indices using new tools and the latest statistics.   As an additional feature, the Human Development Report is now on Facebook.

As part of the ongoing series of materials marking the 20th anniversary of the Human Development Report, we would like to share with you and your colleagues a free public online course entitled, the  Human Development Journey. The course highlights the fundamentals of the human development approach and explains how it is applied to development work.

It is available online and can be downloaded for offline use in classrooms and workshops.  We encourage you to share this course with all your development partners.