Launch of the International Centre for Human Development in India
Venue: New Delhi
The newly established International Centre for Human Development (IC4HD), a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, was officially launched at an event held on 4 January 2013 in New Delhi.
As one of the chief architects of the Human Development approach, Prof. Amartya Sen delivered the inaugural lecture on ‘Human Development in the Post 2015 Era’ on the occasion of the launch of the IC4HD. Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister for Rural Development, Government of India, and Lord Meghnad Desai, Emeritus Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science also presented their remarks which enriched the discussions.
The discussion helped to underline that human development is concerned with people’s lives and that through the human development index an aggregated picture is presented. Human development is about enlarging choices, and disadvantaged people are a central focus of human development. Good governance is critical for human development. In fact, justice for a group of people, for the humanity at large, has to be integrally connected with what is happening to people’s lives. The importance of access to health care, the role of technology, the persistence of inequalities, among other issues, emerged from the discussion.