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Human Development Report 2000

Human Rights and Human Development

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Human Rights and Human Development provides a thought provoking analysis of these two interrelated and intertwined issues. Human rights and human development are mutually reinforcing and culminate in enlarged human freedom. The Report traces the history of struggle for human rights as a common human experience and outlines the new frontier of the rights agenda for the 21st Century. Human Development Report 2000 demonstrates the ways in which human rights enrich human development goals: adding moral force and ideas of claims, duties and obligations. This Report proposes strategies for promoting development that also protect and further human rights, with significant implications for a pro-human rights approach to development. This publication includes and updates the widely respected Human Development Indicators that compare the relative levels of human development in most countries of the world, and presents data tables on all aspects of human development.

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Rights empowering people in the fight against poverty

The torture of a single individual raises unmitigated public outrage. Yet the deaths of more than 30,000 children a day from mainly preventable causes go almost unnoticed. Why? Because these children are invisible in poverty. As chapter 2 shows, eradicating poverty is more than a major development challenge—it is a human rights challenge.

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