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2016 Human Development Report

In 1990 the first Human Development Report introduced a new approach for advancing human wellbeing. Human development – or the human development approach - is about expanding the richness of human life, rather than simply the richness of the economy in which human beings live. It is an approach that is focused on people and their opportunities and choices.

2016 Human Development Report

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2016 Regional Human Development Report

Demographic change in Asia and the Pacific is happening at a rate the world has never seen. An explosion in the working age population and a fall in birth rates that took a century in Europe are happening here in just 30 years. If countries do not start planning for this demographic change, they will miss out on a unique opportunity to boost growth and investments for the future, says UNDP in its latest Regional Human Development Report. They also risk a surge in youth frustration, exacerbating instability and conflict.

Asia Pacific Human Development Report 2016 Shaping the Future: How Changing Demographics Can Power Human Development

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2015 Human Development Report

From a human development perspective, the notion of work is broader and deeper than that of jobs or employment alone. The jobs framework fails to capture many kinds of work that have important human development implications —as with care work, voluntary work and such creative expression as writing or painting.

Human Development Report 2015: Work for Human Development

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2014 Human Development Report

The 2014 Report highlights the need for both promoting people's choices and protecting human development achievements. It takes the view that vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically addressed, by changing policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable.

Human Development Report 2014: Sustaining Human Progress - Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience

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2013 Human Development Report

The 21st century is witnessing a profound shift in global dynamics, driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world. The 2013 Human Development Report identifies more than 40 developing countries that have done better than expected in human development in recent decades, with their progress accelerating markedly over the past 10 years.

Human Development Report 2013: The Rise of the South - Human Progress in a Diverse World

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2012 Regional Human Development Report

Asia-Pacific not only has many of the world’s most climate-exposed territories, it is also home to millions of the most vulnerable people. The unprecedented pace and scale of human activities have been transforming the natural environment and contributing to climate change. Emissions cross borders, and so do some of the most affected natural systems, such as glaciers, coral reefs and mangroves. Some of these natural systems that act as natural buffers to the impacts of climate change are increasingly at risk of deterioration and destruction, posing a serious challenge to people’s lives in the region.

Asia and the Pacific 2012: Sustaining Human Progress in a Changing Climate

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