Empowered lives. Resilient nations presentation

Sep 26, 2012

Seoul Policy Director explains the concept of people-centered development. Photo: UNDP SPC/Matthew Taylor

The groundbreaking development ideas that helped make UNDP what it is today were explored by Seoul Policy Centre Director Anne-Isabelle Degryse-Blateau in a presentation and discussion with Seoul National University students today.

‘People are the centre of development’ said Ms Blateau. ’This is at the core of everything we do. Development is about more than GDP, more than economic growth, more than numbers, it’s about people, and empowering people to exercise their choices’.

‘Amartya Sen paved the way for the human-centered approach to development and the idea of giving people the ability to realize their potential’ she explained. The human-centered approach is enshrined in the annual UNDP Human Development Reports that were first launched in 1990.

‘Shocks, both man-made and natural, have happened and will happen again. Helping countries prepare for them helps reduce the impact on people’s lives and protects the progress made in development’ said Ms Blateau, whilst discussing the concept of resilience.

The presentation also covered UNDP’s work with a broad range of governments, international organizations, civil society organizations, the private sector and other partners in 177 countries and internationally. She also explained how the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre connects developing countries to valuable aspects of Korea’s experience and supports Korea in its efforts to further key global development agenda issues.

UNDP Seoul Policy Centre staff give regular lectures on significant development themes to a range of universities in the Republic of Korea.