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The next frontier: Human development and the Anthropocene

Tuesday 30 March 15h00 - 16h30 CET
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Geneva is delighted to invite you to a digital discussion on the Human Development Report 2020.

The climate crisis. Biodiversity collapse. Ocean acidification. The list is long and growing longer. So much so that many scientists believe that for the first time, instead of the planet shaping humans, humans are knowingly shaping the planet. This is the Anthropocene – the Age of Humans - a new geologic epoch. While the devastating effects of Covid-19 have taken the world’s attention, these other crises, from climate change to rising inequalities, continue to take their toll. Undeniably, the challenges of planetary and societal imbalance are intertwined, interacting in a vicious circle and each making the other worse. How should we react to this new age of the Anthropocene?

The 2020 Human Development Report, in its 30th anniversary edition, explores how the expansion of human freedoms can be squared with living in balance with the planet. It also doubles down on the belief that people’s agency and empowerment can bring about the action we need if we are to live in a fairer world.  Concretely, the HDR explores how to jumpstart the process, using different approaches: shifting social norms and values, deepening science, and expanding technology, scaling up the use of nature-based solutions, shifting market incentives for the allocation of capital and resources. There are already many encouraging examples of business and community practices placing the protection of nature as a core value.


Introduction by:

Maria Luisa Silva, Director of the UNDP Office in Geneva

Tatiana Valovaya, Director of the UN Office in Geneva (UNOG)

Presentation of the report by:

Pedro Conceicao, Director, Human Development Report Office, UNDP

Remarks by Lead Discussants:

H.E. Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, President of the UN Human Rights Council 

Stewart Maginnis, Global Director of the Nature-based Solutions Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Peter Bakker, President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Open Q&A session with the audience, moderated by:

Kasmira Jefford, Editor-in-chief, Geneva Solutions



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