The 2020 Human Development Report: resilience thinking and global development

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After 30 years, why is the report still important? And how can resilience thinking contribute to new global development strategies?

Every year since 1990, the United Nations Development Programme has published the Human Development Report.

The report has increasingly emphasised the links between the environment and human development.

Today, in its 30th anniversary, the report shows more than ever the importance of a stable climate and resilient ecosystems.

In this episode, Fredrik Moberg talks to Pedro Conceição, lead author of the Human Development Report, and Belinda Reyers, senior advisor at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Together they discuss questions like: In the age of the Anthropocene, why is the HDR such an important report? And how can resilience thinking contribute to new global development strategies?

Relevant readings

2020 Human Development Report

Social-Ecological systems insights for navigating the dynamics of the Anthropocene

Understanding systemic change, complexity and development: A conversation between Dr Jean Boulton, University of Bath, lead author of Embracing Complexity and centre researcher Belinda Reyers

About Rethink Talks

Rethink Talks is Stockholm Resilience Centre’s multimedia podcast series on resilience thinking and global change. It spotlights conversations between experts on a range of topics that highlight how resilience thinking and biosphere stewardship add value to current debates on for instance COVID-19.

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