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Human Development Report 2015

Work for human development

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This report takes a broad view of the link between work and human development. Work is a critical tool for economic growth and security, poverty reduction and gender equality. It enables full participation in society while affording people a sense of dignity and worth. Humans working together not only increase their material well-being, they also accumulate a wide body of knowledge that serves as the basis for cultures and civilizations. The report finds that work enhances human development when policies are taken to expand productive, remunerative and satisfying work opportunities. Workers' skills and potentials are enhanced, their well-being in terms of rights, safety and benefits are ensured with targeted interventions, and an agenda incorporating decent work, a new Social Contract and a Global Deal is pursued.

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Moving to sustainable work

The previous chapters have shown how the trends that are transforming the world of work—driven by market forces, but also encouraged and moderated by public actions and societal transitions—can deliver substantial future gains for human development. Another great imminent shift for how we live and work is the move towards sustainable development. It seems to have begun in some countries but is generally piecemeal. At the same time, it comes with a sombre imperative and urgency: If we collectively fail to make the move in a timely fashion, the thwarted human potential of current and future generations could prove catastrophic.

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