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Human development report 2014

Sustaining human progress: reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience

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Over the last decades, most countries have improved levels of human development. But progress maybe slowing as uncertainty intensifies globally. This report examines vulnerabilities that endanger human development, focusing especially on the poorest. Most threats are structural and persistent and linked with life cycle vulnerabilities. Identifying policy measures to reduce threats and increase human resilience is therefore a high priority. The report sets out synergistic proposals including universal public provisioning of basic services over the life cycle to maintain and strengthen human capabilities, full employment and social protection policies. It highlights collective action and international cooperation to address global vulnerabilities and ensure sustainable progress.

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State of human development

Almost all countries have improved human development over the past few decades, and billions of people are now doing substantially better. The 2013 Human Development Report (HDR) revealed that more than 40 developing countries—with the majority of the world’s population—had greater HDI gains than would have been predicted given their situation in 1990. Life expectancy at birth has increased due to lower infant and child mortality, fewer deaths due to HIV/AIDS and better nutrition. Education levels have risen on stronger investments and political commitment. Multidimensional poverty has been considerably reduced, though wide variation across countries and regions remains.

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