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Speaker: Pedro Conceicao, Director of the Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Time: 3:30-5:00 PM (AZ), 26 March 2021

Bio: Dr. Conceição is Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the Human Development Report. Prior to this, he served as Director of Strategic Policy at the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, and Chief Economist and Head of the Strategic Advisory Unit at the Regional Bureau for Africa. Before that, he was Director of the Office of Development Studies (ODS) from March 2007 to November 2009, and Deputy Director of ODS, from October 2001 to February 2007. He is author and co-editor of several books on financing for development; global public goods; innovation, competence building, and social cohesion in Europe; and knowledge for inclusive development, published by Oxford University Press. Edward Elgar Press, and Quorum Books, respectively. He has published numerous journal articles on the issues of inequality, the economics of innovation and technological change, and human development.Prior to coming to UNDP, he was an Assistant Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, teaching and researching on science, technology ovation policy.

He has degrees in Physics from Instituto Superior Técnico and in Economics from the Technical University of Lisbon and a Ph. D. in Public Policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Summary Thirty years ago, UNDP created a new way to conceive and measure progress. Instead of using growth in GDP as the sole measure of development, it ranked the world’s countries by their human development: by whether people in each country have the freedom and opportunity to live the lives they value. The 2020 Human Development Report (HDR) doubles down on the belief that people’s agency and empowerment can bring about the action we need if we are to live in balance with the planet in a fairer world. It shows that we are at an unprecedented moment in history, in which human activity has become a dominant force shaping the planet. These impacts interact with existing inequalities, threatening significant development reversals. Nothing short of a great transformation – in how we live, work and cooperate – is needed to change the path we are on. HDR 2020 explores how to jumpstart that transformation.

“If equity, innovation and stewardship become central to what it means to live a good life, human flourishing can happen alongside easing planetary pressures.”

Human Development Report 2020

Insights from economics, law, and behavioral sciences to inform identification and designs of effective development policies and programs to promote agency and economic development.

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