Launch of the 2013 Human Development Report

Mar 7, 2013


The 2013 Human Development Report – "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" – will be launched on 14 March in Mexico City by President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. A pre-launch “under embargo” press briefing of the report with Brussels-based press will be organized at UNDP, UN House (14 Rue Montoyer) on 12 March 2013, from 10:00 to 11:00 hours.

The 2013 Human Development Report will also be presented in Brussels at a special joint meeting of the Committees on Development and Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament on 23 April 2013 by Mr. Olav Kjorven, Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for the Bureau of Development.  On the same day UNDP will also host a Roundtable discussion 2013 report with participants from academia, EU institutions and the Government of Belgium.

The 2013 Human Development Report examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development.

China has already overtaken Japan as the world’s second biggest economy while lifting hundreds of millions of its people out of poverty. India is reshaping its future with new entrepreneurial creativity and social policy innovation. Brazil is improving living standards as a result of expanding international relationships and antipoverty programs.

But the "Rise of the South" analyzed in the Report is a much larger phenomenon: Turkey, Mexico, Thailand, South Africa, Indonesia and many other developing nations are also becoming leading actors on the world stage.

The 2013 Human Development Report identifies more than 40 countries in the developing world that have done better than had been expected in human development terms in recent decades, with their progress accelerating markedly over the past ten years. The Report analyzes the causes and consequences of these countries achievements and the challenges that they face today and in the coming decades.

These countries have a unique history and a distinct development pathway. Yet they share important characteristics and face many of the same challenges. These challenges can affect all of us in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Thus, people everywhere are increasingly demanding to be heard and share ideas through new communications channels and seek greater accountability from governments and international institutions.

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