United Nations Development Program: Human Development Report 2005

United Nations Development Program: Human Development Report 2005

The 2005 World Summit, the largest-ever gathering of heads of state and government, will unfold, September 14-16, at United Nations headquarters in New York City. In advance of the summit, which marks the 60th anniversary of the UN and has been called to review progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted at the UN's Millennium Summit in 2000, the United Nations Development Program has released its 2005 Human Development Report (388 pages, PDF). Using the latest country-level data, the report shows that while progress toward the MDGs has occurred, it is happening too slowly to fully achieve most of the goals by the target date of 2015. While acknowledging that people in developing countries have on average become healthier, better educated, and less impoverished over the last fifteen years, the report nevertheless warns that unless developed countries honor their MDG commitments, there will be 827 million people living in extreme poverty and another 1.7 billion people living on less than $2 a day a decade from now. The report, which can be read or downloaded in sections, is available in its entirety in English, French, and Spanish, and in summary form in half a dozen other languages.