UN / HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT

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Multiple crises halt progress as 9 out of 10 countries fall backwards in human development, a new UN report warns. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 06 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

06 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, interview studio
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Pedro Conceição, Director, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
“What the report finds is that people's lives are being unsettled in many ways. We find, for instance, that six out of every seven people around the world feel insecure about many aspects of their lives. Half of the population today in the world does not believe that their living standards are better than the generation before and the human development index for the first time ever since we started computing it in 1990 at least, dropped two years in a row. Nine out of every ten countries around the world saw a decline in the human development index between 2020 and 2021. So we are confronting a situation where lives are being settled in many ways, and the report seeks to understand why and what to do about it.”
4.Wide shot, interview studio
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Pedro Conceição, Director, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
“We find that people that feel less secure, for instance, tend to trust others less and tend to support politically extreme positions. And so this is one way for having greater polarization political polarization within countries and across countries that makes us not seize on these opportunities that we all have, and it makes it more difficult for us to come together and address the shared challenges that we all confront.”
6. Wide shot, interview studio
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Pedro Conceição, Director, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
“COVID-19 could be a manifestation of greater pressure that we're putting on biodiversity, on the natural world. Climate change is another reflection of this greater pressure that we're putting on our planet. So we have a new planetary reality, fires, rivers that are drying, that is changing the context in which we live. We are at the same time pursuing a transformation in the way we use energy for instance, relying much more on renewables. Of course, there's a lot of opportunities in all of these, but there's also unsettledness. And then finally, we have this polarization that I alluded to. So the interaction of these three factors, new planetary reality, transitioning to a low carbon future, polarization are making for a new kind of uncertainty, against which the tools that we have, are not giving adequate response to the institutions, the policies, the behaviors that we have, in our day to day life.”
8.Wide shot, interview studio
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Pedro Conceição, Director, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
“The reasons why the Human Development Index declined have to do with reduction in life expectancy, as well as the contraction in economic activity Human Development Index brings together the performance of the economy, how countries are doing on health, and how countries are doing on education. So two of these the economy and health were deeply affected by COVID-19 and all the policies that were implemented to deal with it. So that was the main reason why Human Development Index dropped globally and dropped in so many countries.”
10. Wide shot, interview studio
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Pedro Conceição, Director, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
“This context of uncertainty also shows that it's possible to do things differently. But there's a condition - if people feel safe if people feel secure. That's why the report suggests that it's important to expand policies that seek to advance what we call the three ‘I’s – Investment, investment in people; Insurance, market insurance but also social insurance and Innovation - innovation, technological innovation that expands what people can do, but also institutional policy innovation.”
12.Wide shot, interview studio


STORYLINE:

Multiple crises halt progress as 9 out of 10 countries fall backwards in human development, a new UN report warns.

The latest Human Development Report, “Uncertain Times, Unsettled Lives: Shaping our Future in a Transforming World”, launched today (08 Sep) by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), argues that layers of uncertainty are stacking up and interacting to unsettle life in unprecedented ways. The last two years have had a devastating impact for billions of people around the world, when crises like COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine hit back-to-back, and interacted with sweeping social and economic shifts, dangerous planetary changes, and massive increases in polarization.

For the first time in the 32 years that UNDP have been calculating it, the Human Development Index, which measures a nation’s health, education, and standard of living, has declined globally for two years in a row. Human development has fallen back to its 2016 levels, reversing much of the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

The reversal is nearly universal as over 90 percent of countries registered a decline in their HDI score in either 2020 or 2021 and more than 40 percent declined in both years, signaling that the crisis is still deepening for many.
While some countries are beginning to get back on their feet, recovery is uneven and partial, further widening inequalities in human development. Latin America, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have been hit particularly hard.

The report explores why the change needed isn’t happening and suggests there are many reasons, including how insecurity and polarization are feeding off each other today to prevent the solidarity and collective action we need to tackle crises at all levels. New calculations show, for instance, that those feeling most insecure are also more likely to hold extreme political views.

To chart a new course, the report recommends implementing policies that focus on investment — from renewable energy to preparedness for pandemics, and insurance—including social protection— to prepare our societies for the ups and downs of an uncertain world. While innovation in its many forms—technological, economic, cultural—can also build capacities to respond to whatever challenges come next.
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