Human Development Report 2011
Development progress in the world’s poorest countries could be halted or even reversed by mid-century unless bold steps are taken now to slow climate change, prevent further environmental damage, and reduce deep inequalities within and among nations, according to projections in the 2011 Human Development Report.
Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All argues that environmental sustainability can be most fairly and effectively achieved by addressing health, education, income, and gender disparities together with the need for global action on energy production and ecosystem protection.
International Human Development Indicators
The human development data utilized in the preparation of the Human Development Index (HDI) and other composite indices featured in the Human Development Report are provided by a variety of public international sources and represent the best and most current statistics available for those indicators at the time of the preparation of this annual report. Calculations of HDI values and country rankings are the sole responsibility of the Human Development Report Office. The 2011 Human Development Report, an editorially independent publication commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme, was published in print and on line on November 2nd, 2011. Read more
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- StatPlanet World Map
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- Human Development Index Trends
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- GDP vs. HDI: Country contrasts
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- Human Development Indicators
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- Country Profiles
Human Development Index (HDI) - 2011 Rankings
- Reproductive rights can further reduce environmental pressures by slowing global demographic growth, with the world population now projected to rise from 7 billion today to 9.3 billion within 40 years.
- Some 120 national constitutions guarantee environmental protections, but in many countries there is little enforcement of these provisions, the Report says.
- India's Rural Employment Guarantee Act cost about 0.5 percent of GDP in 2009 and benefited 45 million households—one-tenth of the labour force; Brazil’s Bolsa Familia and Mexico’s Oportunidades programmes cost about 0.4 percent of GDP and provide safety nets for about one-fifth of their populations.
Download the 2011 HDR
- Complete Report
- Foreword, Acknowledgments and Contents
- Chapter 1 - Why sustainability and equity?
- Chapter 2 - Patterns and trends in human development, equity and environmental indicators
- Chapter 3 - Tracing the effects—understanding the relations
- Chapter 4 - Positive synergies—winning strategies for the environment, equity and human development
- Chapter 5 - Rising to the policy challenges
- Human Development Statistical Tables