16 November 2021, New York, USA – The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) New York Office partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report Office (HDRO) to organize a workshop on the lessons learned from the Human Development Report 2020. The workshop was attended by approximately 130 participants who gained a better understanding of human development and how to mitigate the impact of human activities on the environment.
Mr. Marco A. Suazo, Head of the UNITAR New York Office, started by welcoming the participants and thanking the panelists for sharing their knowledge and expertise. He talked about the importance of raising awareness and amplifying the information in the Human Development Report. Mr. Suazo encouraged participants to engage and take advantage of this opportunity. He then introduced Mr. Pedro Conceição, Director of the HDRO, who defined the meaning of human development and talked about the Report's history and record for developing new indicators, such as the human development index (HDI) for example.
Mr. Heriberto Tapia, Research & Strategic Partnership Advisor at the HDRO, talked about the risks to human development and the need for a stabilizing dynamic. He discussed the history of the Human Development Report, and specifically the first one dating back to 1990. Mr. Tapia raised the important question of “How to maintain human development, while easing planetary pressures?” He explained what actions need to be taken, focusing on capabilities, values and agencies to reorient the approach to the Anthropocene.
Ms. Carolina Rivera, Research Analyst at the HDRO, noted how to enhance the power of unseen and undervalued groups. She used the example of Latin American people in Ecuador. The three mechanisms for change and enhancing equity are: social norms & values, incentives & regulation, and nature-based solutions.
Ms. Almudena Fernández, Advisor to the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, RBLAC, focused on nature-based solutions and household interactions. She explained in detail how this contributes to transformational change - local action can have global impact. Ms. Fernández outlined the five types asset-based approaches. Prior to Mr. Suazo delivering his closing remarks, there was an interactive Q&A discussion between panelists and participants.