2013 Human Development Report Launch

15 Mar 2013

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UNDP China took part today in the worldwide launch of the 2013 Human Development Report. Produced by the UN, the report is a yearly stock-taking of global human development progress and contains a wealth of data, paramount among which is the Human Development Index (HDI) – a composite measurement of development that takes in more than economic indicators alone. UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Renata Dessallien was on hand to introduce the report to assembled media, along with UNDP Country Director Christophe Bahuet, Professor Fang Jin, Deputy Secretary-General of the China Development Research Foundation and Professor Li Wen, Deputy Director-General of the Institute of Global Strategy and Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

This year’s report entitled “The Rise of the South: Human Development in a Diverse World.” examines the unprecedented development of the South – including China – and the profound impact that this change is having worldwide. The report reveals that as more people are lifted out of poverty, by 2030 more than 80 percent of the world’s middle class will reside in the South.  Moreover, two thirds of this expanded middle class will live in the Asia-Pacific region. It also shows that by the end of this decade, the combined economic output of the three leading developing countries alone – Brazil, China and India – will surpass the aggregate production of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The significance of this rise of the South and the shift in global dynamics it entails cannot be underestimated. The report raises questions on how the world needs to react to this demographic reorienting, and the potential that these changes have to lead to positive impacts globally. Speaking at the report’s launch, Ms. Dessallien commented: “As new global development actors emerge and re-emerge onto the world stage, with their own unique approaches to reducing poverty and increasing people’s wellbeing, we all have the chance to learn more about different ways to promote sustainable human development, and make nations around the world more resilient.”