Human Development Report 2007/2008

Human Development Report 2007/2008 : Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World

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Human development is about putting people at the centre of development. It is about people realizing their potential, increasing choice and enjoying the freedom to lead the lives they value. Created in 1990, the Human Development Report has explored themes including gender equity, democracy, human rights, globalization, cultural liberty and water scarcity. Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity at the start of the 21st Century. Failure to meet that challenge raises the spectre of unprecedented reversals in human development. The world's poorest countries and poorest people will bear the brunt. The past years have witnessed the emergence of a growing consensus on climate change. Governments across the world have seen the warning signs. The science linking global warming to human activity is unequivocal. The economic case for action is compelling: the costs of inaction will heavily outweigh the costs of action. Yet the politics lags behind the science and the economics. Collectively, the world's governments are failing to act with the urgency demanded by the scale of the threat. The window of opportunity for avoiding dangerous climate change is closing fast. This year's Human Development Report explains why we have less than a decade to change course and start living within our global carbon budget. It explains how climate change will create long-run low human development traps, pushing vulnerable people into a downward spiral of deprivation. Because climate change is a global problem with global causes and effects, it demands a global response with countries acting on the basis of their historic responsibility and capabilities. The Human Development Report 2007 will be launched in more

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  • Electronic book text | 400 pages
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • 0230598501
  • 9780230598508

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Climate change and human development 1.1. Climate change and the links to human development 1.2. Why we should avoid dangerous climate change -- the human development basics 1.3. Living within our carbon budget -- the 21st Century challenge Chapter 2: Climate shocks, risk and vulnerability in an unequal world 2.1. Risk and vulnerability under climate change 2.2. Climate shocks affect more and more people 2.3. Looking ahead -- old problems and new climate change risks Chapter 3: Cutting the carbon over-spend -- national action and international cooperation 3.1. The key role of international cooperation in carbon mitigation 3.2. Building a global framework for mitigation Chapter 4: Adapting to the inevitable -- managing climate risks in a warming world 4.1. The national challenge 4.2. International action on adaptation Conclusionshow more

About United Nations Development Programme

The UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. They are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and their wide range of partners. Every year since 1990, the UNDP has commissioned the Human Development Report by an independent team of experts to explore major issues of global more