“…The United Nations warned today that a continued failure to tackle climate change was putting at risk decades of progress in improving the lives of the world’s poorest people.
In its annual flagship report on the state of the world, the UN said unsustainable patterns of consumption and production posed the biggest challenge to the anti-poverty drive.
“For human development to become truly sustainable, the close link between economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions needs to be severed,” the UN said in its annual human development report (HDR).
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the HDR said the past two decades had seen “substantial progress” in human development despite the impact of the financial crisis, which had resulted in 34 million people losing their jobs …
… and an additional 64 million people dropping below the $1.25 a day income poverty threshold.
“Most people are healthier, live longer, are more educated and have more access to goods and services.
Even in countries facing adverse economic conditions, people’s health and education have greatly improved.”
The HDR assesses progress by using three main measures of well-being â€“ income, life expectancy and education â€“ to compile a human development index (HDI).
Since the early 1990s, the HDI has increased by 18%, with only three countries â€“
– the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe â€“
– having lower human development than 20 years ago…”