Human Development Report 2020: The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene

Front Cover
United Nations
United Nations Development Programme, 2021 - Political Science - 396 pages
0 Reviews
Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified
Thirty years ago, UNDP created a new way to conceive and measure progress. Instead of using growth in GDP as the sole measure of development, we ranked the world's countries by their human development: by whether people in each country have the freedom and opportunity to live the lives they value. The 2020 Human Development Report (HDR) doubles down on the belief that people's agency and empowerment can bring about the action we need if we are to live in balance with the planet in a fairer world. It shows that we are at an unprecedented moment in history, in which human activity has become a dominant force shaping the planet's key processes - the Anthropocene. These impacts interact with existing inequalities, creating unparalleled threats of human development reversal and exposing weaknesses in social, economic, and political systems. Though humanity has achieved incredible progress, we have taken the Earth for granted, destabilizing the very systems upon which we rely for survival. COVID-19, which almost certainly sprang to humans from animals, offers a glimpse of our future, in which the strain on our planet mirrors the strain facing societies. How should we react to this new age? Do we choose to strike out on bold new paths striving to continue human development while easing planetary pressures? Or do we choose to try--and ultimately fail--to go back to business as usual and be swept into a dangerous unknown? This Human Development Report is firmly behind the first choice, and its arguments go beyond summarizing well-known lists of what can be done to achieve it.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

About the author (2021)

United Nations Publications is the official publisher for the UN and it produces over 400 titles each year. The range of subjects covered are as varied as the issues being tackled by the UN as it works for a better world for all. Since the first printing of the UN Charter, this publishing unit has been providing valued information to those in government, academia and business

Bibliographic information