Noted author moderates Human Development Report launch in Washington, D.C.

14 Nov 2006

Gregg Easterbrook is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution; a contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic and The Washington Monthly; and a columnist for the sports Web site ESPN.com. He wrote a column about UNDP's Human Development Report for ESPN on Nov. 14 (scroll down the page to read the part that is devoted to UNDP's Human Development Report).

On Nov. 15, Easterbrook moderated a roundtable that served as the U.S. launch of UNDP's flagship publication, the 2006 Human Development Report. Titled Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis, the report investigates the underlying causes and consequences of a crisis that leaves 1.1 billion people without access to safe water.

The panelists included Kemal Derviş, UNDP Administrator; James Kunder, Acting Deputy Administrator, USAID; Geeta Rao Gupta, President of the International Center for Research on Women; and Steve Werner, Executive Director of Water for People.

To learn more about UNDP's 2006 Human Development Report, go to http://hdr.undp.org/hdr2006/. For information about the Washington launch, contact Cara Santos Pianesi at (202) 331-9130.

2006 Human Development Index Ranking

UNDP's Human Development Report includes a composite index measuring average achievement in three basic dimensions of human development—a long and healthy life, knowledge and a decent standard of living. Here are the top eight countries:

1. Norway
2. Iceland
3. Australia
4. Ireland
5. Sweden
6. Canada
7. Japan
8. United States