The United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the University of the South Pacific will hold a Pacific Launch for UNDP’s Human Development Report 2019 this Friday.

Almost 30 years since its inception, the Human Development Report remains a powerful voice.

The demonstrations sweeping across the world today signal that, despite unprecedented progress against poverty, hunger and disease, many societies are not working as they should. The UNDP report argues that the connecting thread, is inequality.

By looking beyond income, beyond averages, and beyond today, the report presents analysis, ideas and policy options to tackle inequality’s drivers, recognizing that many inequalities are the symptom of an unfair system rather than the cause.

As with most entrenched development challenges, there is no easy solution. Reversing inequality requires interventions from early childhood to old age and new thinking – particularly in the face of sweeping technological change and the climate crisis. All are politically challenging. All are possible.

Despite
the development challenges, the Pacific island countries have made much
progress that they can be proud of. In 2019, Vanuatu is set to become only the
sixth country to graduate from Least Developed Country Status, while the
Solomon Islands is on track to graduate in 2024. And, you can hear more about
the report at the upcoming launch.

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