2014 Human Development Report
Persistent vulnerability threatens human development. And unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable. This is the core premise of the 2014 Human Development Report, released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
- The latest estimates of UNDP Multidimensional Poverty Index reveal that almost 1.5 billion people in 91 developing countries are living in poverty with overlapping deprivations in health, education and living standards.
- Although poverty is declining overall, almost 800 million people are at risk of falling back into poverty if setbacks occur.
- The Report holds that as crises spread ever faster and further, it is critical to understand vulnerability in order to secure gains and sustain progress.
- Reducing both poverty and people's vulnerability to falling into poverty must be a central objective of the post 2015 agenda.
- Providing basic social security benefits to the world’s poor would cost less than 2 percent of global GDP.
- The Report also calls for stronger collective action, as well as better global coordination and commitment to shoring up resilience, in response to vulnerabilities that are increasingly global in origin and impact.