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Human Development Index for Latin America and Caribbean Nations Last Updated on 2009-05-14 13:53:10 The Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary measure of human development that is published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The HDI provides an alternative to the common practice of evaluating a country’s progress in development based on per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The HDI is the signature trademark of the Human Development Report (HDR), an independent report commissioned by the UNDP that is written by a team of scholars, development practitioners and members of the Human Development Report Office of UNDP. The HDI has had a significant impact on drawing the attention of governments, corporations and international organizations to aspects of development that focus on the expansion of choices and freedoms, not just income.The HDI measures the average achievements in a country in three basic dimensions of human development:A long and healthy life, as... More »
The Future of Human Nature: A Symposium on the Promises and Challenges of the Revolutions in Genomics and Computer Science (Conference): Participants’ Biographies and Contact Information Last Updated on 2008-09-18 20:25:58 Series: Pardee Center Conference SeriesDates: April 10, 11, and 12, 2003 Location: Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University, Boston, MA Edward R. Utley Professor and Chair, Department of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights,Boston University School of Public HealthProfessor of Sociomedical Science and Community Medicine, Boston University School of MedicineProfessor of Law, Boston University School of LawBoston University School of Public Health715 Albany StreetBoston, MA 02215E-mail George Annas is the cofounder of Global Lawyers and Physicians, a transnational professional association of lawyers and physicians working together to promote human rights and health. He has degrees from Harvard College (AB, economics ’67), Harvard Law School (JD ’70), and Harvard School of Public Health (MPH ’72). He is... More »
The Future of Human Nature: A Symposium on the Promises and Challenges of the Revolutions in Genomics and Computer Science (Conference): Session Six Last Updated on 2008-09-18 20:23:43 Series: Pardee Center Conference SeriesDates: April 10, 11, and 12, 2003 Location: Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University, Boston, MA Steven Pinker quoted Ortega y Gasset that “Man has no nature.” But the quote continues. “What he has is history.” I would like to discuss one of the most striking early thought experiments in human nature, which has not been mentioned at this conference. It makes use of the commanding position occupied in the eighteenth century by voyages of discovery to unknown lands to discover and describe unknown flora, fauna, and exotic human societies. A similar position is occupied today by research in molecular biology. Gulliver’s Travels appeared in 1726, and its veracity was vouched for by its publisher. It is a classic work of literature and a clever hoax. It is also an experiment on human... More »
Technological Nightmares (Lecture): Biography of Paul Streeten Last Updated on 2008-08-25 19:51:56 Series: Pardee Center Distinguished Lecture SeriesDate: October 2003Location: Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University, Boston, MA Dr. Streeten is the founder and chairman of the board of World Development, a consultant to the United Nations Development Program and to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He has worked for several UN bodies. Among other institutions, he has played a major role in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex. He is a principal thinker behind the Human Development paradigm and has been intensely involved in the writing of all the United Nations Human Development Reports, either as a part of the team of authors or as an advisor. Dr. Streeten has participated in numerous conferences and conventions worldwide. Many of... More »
Africa collection: Development Last Updated on 2008-05-19 21:04:13 Human dimension of development in Africa Opportunities for development in Africa Seizing opportunities in Africa: interlinkages in environment for development Policy and legal responses for sustainable development in Africa Harnessing the opportunities for environment and development in Africa Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Prospects and status of millennium development goals Early warning systems Migration and the environment Return to the Africa Collection More »