Put people first to reduce vulnerability, enhance resilience: UN reportListen /
Extreme poverty or vulnerability threatens human development and unless it's addressed, progress will not be equal or sustainable.
That's according to the UN Development Programme's flagship Human Development Report, which has been tracking progress in developing and developed countries for more than 20 years.
The report shows that progress on a global scale is continuing, but it has been highly uneven.
Urging governments to put people first, UNDP explores the type of policies and institutional reforms that can help people in society become more resilient.
Khaled Malik is the Head of Human Development Report to the UN.
"This whole notion of vulnerability is very much a function of capabilities in health and education versus security. Hence the context you belong to in a society. The argument being made in the report is that this is very much dependent on policies and social institutions. So if you have good policies you actually make a big difference."
Empowering communities to recover from shocks is vital, the report notes.
The UN report calls for global commitments and international governance.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.