The publication advocates for universal provision of basic social services and stronger policies on social protection and full employment in order to foster and guarantee progress in the area of development.
Persistent vulnerabilities represent a threat to human development, and, until they are approached systematically through specific policies and a variety of social norms, human development will never be equitable or sustainable. This is the central theme of the 2014 Report on Human Development published last July and presented today in Madrid by Gina Casar, Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Gonzalo Robles, Secretary General for International Development Cooperation.
With the tagline, Supporting Human Progress: Reducing vulnerability and building resilience, this report offers a new perspective on vulnerability and proposes new ways of strengthening resilience.
According to income-based poverty metrics, 1.2 billion people live on 1.25 dollars a day or less. However, the latest estimates of the UNDP Multidimensional Poverty Index reveal that nearly 1,5 billion people, in 91 developing countries, are living in situations of multidimensional poverty, with overlapping deficits in health, education and standard of living. And while poverty rates are declining in general terms, nearly 800 million people face the risk of falling back into poverty as a result of some crisis or adverse event.
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