Human Development Report 1997

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The Human Development Report's eighth annual edition continues its tradition of updating the unique Human Development Indicators comparing human development in most countries of the world, and the data tables on all aspects of human development. The 1997 edition focuses on the goal of eradicating extreme poverty in the early 21st century and views this goal as completely attainable, regarding it as a moral imperative to which almost all countries committed themselves at the World summit for Social Development in 1995.



Resisting new forces of poverty in a changing world

A dynamic process, poverty is a constant struggle. Individuals, households and communities have to cope with the deprivations limiting their lives—seizing any opportunity for escape. But as they struggle, the world around them changes, presenting both new opportunities and new threats.


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