UNDP Launches Human Development Report 2011

Nov 10, 2011


"The Report’s central message is that equity and sustainability are inextricably linked – that one will not be achieved without the other. It raises a number of issues which are important for our understanding of this relationship and offers guidance for moving forward on both dimensions. UNDP Administrator Helen Clark Remarks, Global Launch of the 2011 Human Development Report

The United Nations Development Programme has launched the global Human Development Report 2011 titled “Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All”.

Over the years, the annual Human Development Reports have tackled a range of pressing global challenges, from gender inequality, to migration, to water scarcity, and much more. Their collective intellectual legacy is notable.

In 1990 the first Report laid the foundation for the ideas and concepts integral to the human development paradigm that now form part of mainstream thinking about development. This 2011 Human Development Report addresses a central challenge of the twenty-first century: achieving equity and environmental sustainability by treating them not as independent issues, but as goals which are inextricably linked to continued human development progress. This perspective can inform debate on sustainable development as the world prepares for the Rio+20 Summit, and will help guide our thinking toward the post-2015 framework for development goals.

Belize is categorized as a ‘high’ human development country, ranking 93rd on the Human Development Index (HDI). The HDI indexes Belize in terms of ‘population and economy’, ‘education and health’, ‘perceptions about well-being and the environment’, ‘human development effects of environmental threats’, ‘environmental sustainability’, ‘multi-dimensional poverty’, ‘gender inequality’, etc.

The electronic version of the report is located at the Human Development Report Website http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr2011/download/.