Human Development Report 2015 to Launch 14 December in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Dec 7, 2015

Women benefiting from National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in India. Photo: UNDP/India

Work, not just jobs or employment, is crucial for human progress: Of the world’s 7.3 billion people, 3.2 billion are in jobs, and many others engage in unpaid care, creative and voluntary work as well as other activities or prepare themselves as future workers.

The 2015 Human Development Report ‘Work for Human Development’ examines the links, both positive and negative, between work and human development in a rapidly changing world of work. Fast globalization, technological revolution, demographic transitions and many other factors are creating new opportunities, but also posing risks. The report examines how the benefits of this new world of work are not equally distributed, generating winners and losers.

The report argues for a broader notion of work, one that goes beyond the jobs framework, to confront both persistent challenges such as human deprivations, inequalities, unsustainability, and gender imbalances in paid and unpaid work – as well as emerging ones –erosion of jobs, skills gaps, climate change and others. It concludes with a series of policy recommendations on how to enhance human progress through promotion of workers’ rights and broader access to social protection.

The 2015 Human Development Report ‘Work for Human Development’ will be launched on 14 December 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at 11 am Addis Ababa/ 3 am New York.

The global launch ceremony will take place at the United Nations Conference Centre located at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), with H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Helen Clark, United Nations Development Programme Administrator, and Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office and the lead author of the 2015 Human Development Report.

Who:  

HE. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Ms. Helen Clark, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator
Mr. Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the 2015 Human Development ReportWhat:   Launch on UNDP’s 2015 Human Development Report ‘Work for Human Development’

What:  

Launch on UNDP’s 2015 Human Development Report ‘Work for Human Development’

When:  

Monday 14 December 2015, at 11 am in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (8 am GMT)

Where:

United Nations Conference Centre, UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or live through http://hdr.undp.org/en/2015-report-livestream

 

Available on 14 December at 8 am GMT:
2015 Human Development Report http://hdr.undp.org/en/2015-report
Full press package in all UN official languages http://hdr.undp.org/en/2015-report/press
Social media
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UNDP Headquarters
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UNDP  Regional Service Centre for Africa
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UNDP  Ethiopia
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