Contrary to popular belief, the issue of inequality is an especially pressing issue for countries achieving economic progress, in comparison to the low-income countries. Of the 1.3 billion people who are multi-dimensionally poor, more than two-thirds of them—886 million—now live in middle-income countries. It is becoming increasingly evident that economic growth alone cannot translate to an improvement in the quality of life of all citizens.
On Monday, 9 December 2019, this year’s Global Human Development Report “Human Development Report 2019: Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: Inequalities in human development in the 21st century” will be released by UNDP. The report will go beyond the common discussions of income-based inequality, to also consider inequalities across the globe in other dimensions such as health, education, access to technologies, and vulnerability to economic and climate-related shocks.
UNDP in the Maldives will be partnering with the Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure, Maldives, and the The Maldives National University for the National Launch of this report.
The Launch event will be followed by a panel discussion on the broader themes of inequality addressed in the report and how it relates to the Maldives context