Groups "in every society left behind" in human development: UNDP

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Change agents and leaders, from all sectors and of all ages, are setting the Sustainable Development Goals into motion. Photo: UNDP Peru/Mónica Suárez

There are specific groups in every society around the world that have been "left behind" in the past 25 years, according to a new report from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) released on Tuesday.

That's one of the key findings in the Human Development Report 2016, entitled "Human Development for Everyone".

Despite undoubted social progress, it concludes that there are "deep-rooted and often unmeasured barriers" to development.

Matthew Wells has more.

This latest annual report highlights what societies can do as part of the overall commitment outlined in the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to leave no-one behind.

Selim Jahan, Director of the UNDP office which produces the report, outlined some of the key findings.

"There are specific groups in every society who have been left behind in the human development journey, for example women and girls; indigenous peoples; ethnic minorities; people with disabilities. 65 million people are displaced from their home forcibly, and that is larger than the population of France."

Human development for everyone is attainable, says the report, and the policy options do exist that can make it possible, enshrined in the SDGs.

The report calls for "a reformed global governance, with fairer multilateralism" that prioritizes freedom of action to improve personal well-being, on both and individual and society-wide level.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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