The UN has just published the Human Development Report 2013, “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World.”
The report examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development.
The study identifies more than 40 countries in the developing world that have done better than had been expected in human development terms in recent decades, with their progress accelerating markedly over the past ten years.
The Report analyzes the causes and consequences of these countries’ achievements and the challenges that they face today and in the coming decades.
China has already overtaken Japan as the world’s second biggest economy while lifting hundreds of millions of its people out of poverty. India is reshaping its future with new entrepreneurial creativity and social policy innovation. Brazil is lifting its living standards through expanding international relationships and antipoverty programs that are emulated worldwide.
But the “Rise of the South” analyzed in the Report is a much larger phenomenon: Turkey, Mexico, Thailand, South Africa, Indonesia and many other developing nations are also becoming leading actors on the world stage.
The full text of the report is available online.