The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has published the 2014 Human Development Report. The report, titled ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience’, considers vulnerability and resilience through a human development lens, for the first time in a global Human Development Report.
The 2014 Human Development Report summary states: ‘As successive Human Development Reports (HDRs) have shown, most people in most countries have been doing steadily better in human development. Advances in technology, education and incomes hold ever-greater promise for longer, healthier, more secure lives. But there is also a widespread sense of precariousness in the world today – in livelihoods, in personal security, in the environment and in global politics. High achievements on critical aspects of human development, such as health and nutrition, can quickly be undermined by a natural disaster or economic slump. Theft and assault can leave people physically and psychologically impoverished. Corruption and unresponsive state institutions can leave those in need of assistance without recourse’.
The report looks at two interconnected concepts that are important to securing human development progress. The report shows that overall global trends are positive and that progress is continuing. Yet, lives are being lost, and livelihoods and development undermined, by natural or human-induced disasters and crises.
To download the summary, click 2014 Human Development Report (Summary)
To download the full report, click 2014 Human Development Report (Full Text)