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“Rise of South” transforming global power balance, says 2013 Human Development Report

Posted By WINGS, Sunday, March 17, 2013
Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013

Massive poverty reduction, middle-class expansion from major development gains in Africa, Asia, Latin America.... This phenomenon goes well beyond the so-called BRICs, middle income countries often represented by Brazil, Russia, India and China, the 2013 Report stresses.

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Mexico City — The rise of the South is radically reshaping the world of the 21st century, with developing nations driving economic growth, lifting hundreds of millions of people from poverty, and propelling billions more into a new global middle class, says the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) 2013 Human Development Report.

"The rise of the South is unprecedented in its speed and scale,” the 2013 Report says. "Never in history have the living conditions and prospects of so many people changed so dramatically and so fast.”

This phenomenon goes well beyond the so-called BRICs, middle income countries often represented by Brazil, Russia, India and China, the 2013 Report stresses. The Report shows that more than 40 developing countries have made greater human development gains in recent decades than would have been predicted. These achievements, it says, are largely attributable to sustained investment in education, health care and social programmes, and open engagement with an increasingly interconnected world.

This historic progress is creating opportunities for the South and the North to collaborate in new ways to advance human development and confront shared challenges such as climate change, the Report says. Countries across the South are extending trade, technology and policy ties throughout the North, while the North is looking South for new partnerships that can promote global growth and development.

Download the 2013 Human Development Report, "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World", from the WINGS Knowledge Center [here]. Watch the UNDP video below.

Human Development Report 2013 from UNDP on Vimeo.

The mission of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is to advance human development. The goal is to contribute towards the expansion of opportunities, choice and freedom.

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