UNDP to Launch 20th Anniversary Edition of Human Development Report

Nov 4, 2010

On 4th November 2010, at 10 a.m. EST or 07:30 p.m. IST, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will publish on line, in print and in 10 languages the 20th anniversary edition of the annual Human Development Report, The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development. The Report provides new insights into the trends and patterns of development and introduces measurement innovations on inequality, gender and acute poverty. Embargoed India launch will be held at 10:30 a.m. on 04 November 2010 at UN Conference Hall, 55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi in presence of Prof. Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, Dr. Syeda Hameed, Member, Planning Commission, and Mr. Patrice Coeur-Bizot, UNDP Resident Representative & UN Resident Coordinator. In New York, the 2010 Human Development Report will be launched at the UN by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who helped conceive the Human Development Index (HDI) and the overall human development approach.

The original 1990 Human Development Report, written by a team of independent experts led by the late economist Mahbub ul Haq, argued that “people are the real wealth of a nation”, and introduced the HDI – a composite measure of health, education and income – as an alternative to purely macroeconomic assessments of national progress. The 2010 Report celebrates and continues that legacy of innovation.

On the Report’s 20th anniversary on 4th Nov: 

  • The 2010 Report will be available online and in print. 
  • Six broadcast quality videos accompany the Report and will be freely available for use by broadcast outlets. Five of the videos portray multi-generational families from Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Kenya and Morocco telling how their own lives and countries have changed over the past 40 years. The sixth video features an interview with Amartya Sen discussing the HDI’s impact and origins. 
  • The Report’s multilingual website will be re-launched on 4 November, with extensive, interactive new data resources covering most of the world’s nations, which can be used to track changes in countries over time. Visitors are invited to create their own development indices using the latest statistics. The full series of Reports since 1990 will be available on the Human Development Report website in the latest PDF formats, for review and free downloading, along with all the indices and other statistical tables produced for the2010 Report. The site will include new country profiles for all UN Member States.

Contact information
South Asia: Surekha Subarwal 
Tel: +91 11 46532346,
Cell: +91 9810153924

India: Priyanka Khanna
Tel: +91 11 4653 2319, 
Cell: +91 9999302477

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