Human Development Report 1999

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The 1999 Human Development Report argues that globalization is more than the flow of money and commodities - it is the growing interdependence of the world's people through 'shrinking space, shrinking time and disappearing borders'. It notes that markets have been allowed to dominate the process of globalization, and the benefits and opportunities have not been shared. The Report recommends an agenda for action: reforms of global governance to ensure greater equity, new regional approaches to collective action and negotiation, and national and local policies to capture opportunities in the global marketplace and translate them more equitably into human advance.




This is the first Human Development Report that bears my signature as Administrator. For a new Administrator, the Human Development Report is a crown jewel of UNDP. Its robust editorial independence and its unapologetic scholarship have led its authors to say the unthinkable, and they then have the pleasure of watching conventional opinion catch up. I believe that Mahbub ul Haq, to whom this tenth Report is dedicated, would be proud that the tradition is being so vigorously maintained.


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