Geneva Presentation of the Human Development Report 2020

Geneva Presentation of the Human Development Report 2020 The next frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene

Monday 30 March 2021 15:00-16:30 CET / 09:00-10:30 EDT

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. The official presentation of the Report in Geneva will provide an opportunity to discuss these pathways with world-renowned experts.


Opening remarks

  • Maria Luisa Silva, Director, UNDP Office in Geneva
  • Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, UN Office at Geneva

Report’s key findings: Pedro Conceição, Director of the Human Development Report Office, UNDP

Panel discussion

  • H.E Nazhat Shameem Khan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN and President of the Human Rights Council
  • Peter Bakker, President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Stewart Maginnis, Global Director of the Nature-Based Solutions Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Open Q&A session, with the audience, through an interactive chatbox tool

Event moderated by

  • Kasmira Jefford, Editor-in-chief, Geneva Solutions



Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 15:00 to 16:30
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