ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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HDR 2005: Falling Behind

Falling Behind The 2005 edition of the Human Development Report (HDR) of the United Nations Development Programme presents a more mixed report card than usual on the trends in the human condition across the world. Timed for publication with the UN high-level summit, the report, dealing with international cooperation in realising the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), conveys a simple message. There has been progress but not enough on all fronts and in all countries in the movement towards the 2015 target for MDGs; more seriously some countries are falling behind in human development. This is in spite of substantial economic growth in many developing countries, most notably India and China. However, the HDR argues that the situation is not hopeless. With greater international cooperation and political commitment by governments and societies, it is possible to achieve the MDGs in poverty, malnutrition, life expectancy, schooling and in a number of other areas of human development.

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