Source: The Guardian
More investment in jobs and social security, and the introduction of laws that offer vulnerable people greater protection, are required to halt the slowing of human development caused by income inequality, fluctuations in food prices, natural disasters and conflict.
The universal provision of basic social services and targeted support for disadvantaged groups, such as women, people with disabilities, older people and minority groups, is a key plank of the flagship report of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
The annual study, this year entitled Sustaining human progress: reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience, found that advances in alleviating poverty have been undermined by natural or human-induced disasters and crises. "Despite overall gains in human development, progress in all regions decelerated over 2008-13 compared with 2000-08," the UNDP said.
Unless people's vulnerability is systematically addressed, progress will not be equitable or sustainable, said the head of the UNDP, Helen Clark.