UNDP 2015 Report Links Work, Human Development

UNDP 2015 Report Links Work, Human Development UNDP 2015 Report Links Work, Human Development

The United Nations Development Program’s 2015 human development report “Work for Human Development,” argues that the notion of work is broader and deeper than either that of jobs or employment alone, and that finding enough decent work for everyone is one of the world’s biggest development challenges.

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It considers work in all its forms, paid and unpaid, legal and illegal. It looks at when, where and how people work, and the linkages between this and human development as defined by the UNDP.

Iran is ranked 69th and placed in the ‘high development category’, among the 188 countries listed. Iran had secured the same ranking last year.

“What we say is that economic development as such does not automatically translate into human development,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said. “And so it’s very important that governments have clear strategy and vision for how to improve the well-being of people. That means investing in the basics - investing in education, investing in health. Having economic strategies which focus on the poorest people in the sectors where they work.”

The annual report presents several concrete findings, such as the fact that men account for two-thirds of the world’s paid workers, and that working women receive 24% less than their male counterparts.

It concludes that to date human progress has been uneven, with significant human potential unused, misused and abused.

More than 200 million people, including 74 million youth, are out of work and more than 800 million working poor are living on less than $2 a day.

Regarding the opportunities for young people she said there is a huge job deficit with the youth, globally. And, if women have more access and equal opportunity in the world of paid work, that would enhance their wellbeing and also lift entire economies and societies

According to the UNDP report, about 1.5 billion people are working in jobs with inadequate protections, security and safety.