United Nations Development Programme


Blog post

20 Dec 2017

Among the various drivers of risk in the world today, two stand out: climate change and rapidly rising levels of inequality. While each by itself has serious consequences for achieving development goals, their convergence has become a subject of heightened attention.

The convening of...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

The 2011 Human Development Report argues that the urgent global challenges of sustainability and equity must be addressed together – and identifies policies on the national and global level that could spur mutually reinforcing progress towards these interlinked goals. Bold action is needed on both...

Research report

8 Nov 2010

Measuring life expectancy and literacy, as well as national income, the Human Development Index emphasizes the primacy of people in any measure of development.

A central objective of the HDR for the past 20 years has been to emphasize that development is primarily and...

Research report

9 Oct 2009

Migration not infrequently gets a bad press, especially in times of recession. This report seeks to broaden and rebalance perceptions of migration to reflect a complex and highly variable reality.

This report applyies a human development approach to the study of migration. It discusses...

Research report

28 Nov 2007

The report provides a stark account of the threat posed by global warming. It argues that the world is drifting towards a "tipping point" that could lock the world’s poorest countries and their poorest citizens in a downward spiral, leaving hundreds of millions facing malnutrition,...

Research report

2 Feb 2007

This report details the successful deployment of free and open source software in projects in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Each case study describes the reason for choosing to use this software and discusses the development, implementation and impact of applications. The benefits obtained...

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'We live in a highly mobile world where migration is not only inevitable but also an important decision.'

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