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Human Development Report 2007-2008

Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World

October 6, 2009: Human Development Report 2009 – Overcoming Barriers: Human Mobility and Development is forthcoming (price TBA). We no longer have stock of the 2007-2008 Report. If you would like to be notified when the HDR 2009 is available to order, please contact us. Thank you.

Human Development Report 2007-2008 - Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-230-54704-9
Pages 384
Language English only
Price $34.95
  No longer available. The 2009 Report is forthcoming

Published for the United Nations Development Programme by Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

This is an annual publication. The 2007-2008 Report was released January 2008.


The Human Development Report 2007/2008 shows that climate change is not just a future scenario. Increased exposure to droughts, floods and storms is already destroying opportunity and reinforcing inequality. Meanwhile, there is now overwhelming scientific evidence that the world is moving towards the point at which irreversible ecological catastrophe becomes unavoidable. Business-as-usual climate change points in a clear direction: unprecedented reversal in human development in our lifetime, and acute risks for our children and their grandchildren.

As the Human Development Report 2007/2008 argues, climate change poses challenges at many levels. In a divided but ecologically interdependent world, it challenges all people to reflect upon how we manage the environment of the one thing that we share in common: planet Earth. It challenges us to reflect on social justice and human rights across countries and generations. It challenges political leaders and people in rich nations to acknowledge their historic responsibility for the problem, and to initiate deep and early cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Above all, it challenges the entire human community to undertake prompt and strong collective action based on shared values and a shared vision.

Now in its 18th year, the annual Human Development Report continues to frame debates on the most pressing challenges, new and old, for enabling people to live full and creative lives. Also included is the latest Human Development Indicators and related statistics, tables and graphs. The United National Development Programme 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 concern.

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