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The latest edition of the Human Development Report takes a look at inequality. Business as usual will not solve a new generation of inequalities, it states.

his year’s edition of the Human Development Report (HDR), entitled Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: inequalities in human development in the 21st Century, was released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in December 2019. 

According to the authors, the demonstrations sweeping across the world today signal that despite unprecedented progress against poverty, hunger and disease, many societies are not working as they should. The connecting thread is inequality, they say.

A new generation of inequalities is opening up, around education, and around technology and climate change -  seismic shifts that unchecked, could trigger a ‘new great divergence’ in society of the kind not seen since the Industrial Revolution, according to the report. 

In countries with very high human development, for example, subscriptions to fixed broadband are growing 15 times faster and the proportion of adults with tertiary education is growing more than six times faster than in countries with low human development. 

The report analyses inequality in three steps: beyond income, beyond averages, and beyond today.

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