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UNDP Human Development Reports

The Human Development Report is an annual independent, empirically grounded analyses of major development issues, trends and policies, published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The 2014 Report – Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience provides a fresh perspective on vulnerability and proposes ways to strengthen resilience.

According to income-based measures of poverty, 1.2 billion people live with $1.25 or less a day. However, according to the UNDP Multidimensional Poverty Index, almost 1.5 billion people in 91 developing countries are living in poverty with overlapping deprivations in health, education and living standards. And although poverty is declining overall, almost 800 million people are at risk of falling back into poverty if setbacks occur. Many people face either structural or life-cycle vulnerabilities.

The first Human Development Report was published in 1990. It opened with a simply stated premise: “People are the real wealth of a nation and human development is all about enlarging their choices.” Since then, Human Development Reports have inspired the world towards human progress through groundbreaking research, new perspectives, data analysis and innovative policies.

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The UNDP Human Development Index

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