For the first time…ever…tuberculosis (TB) is on the decline according to new data published today in the WHO 2011 global tuberculosis control report. This also report shows that the number of people dying from the disease fell to its lowest level in a decade (1.4 million in 2010, after reaching 1.8 million in 2003). Some […]
The 2011 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which was released this week, highlights where countries across Africa stand regarding four key categories: Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development. While any index will have its critics, this report highlights a diversity of scenarios on a continent often […]
When I grew out of my staunch childhood love of materialism and my school-ingrained sense of religious fervor, most holidays began to seem increasingly insignificant and relatively devoid of symbolic value. What should have remained days of community action and reflection, have become cheap, tacky, and painfully focused creating a slightly less wealthy, slightly more obese […]
This past week UNAIDS released the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic. In it, UNAIDS highlights a number of key successes that seem to suggest that the HIV/AIDS pandemic has passed peak infection levels. One statistic in particular has been drawing considerable media attention: New infections have dropped by 20% globally. While this statistic […]
How can we use art, design, and technology to understand complex issues, make better decisions, and become more aware of the world around us? In part, through data visualization. A few weeks ago I posted an article highlighting some of the new interactive resources made available by the UNDP to help individuals traverse the 2010 […]
Last week, the UNDP published the 20th anniversary edition of the Human Development Report. This publication represents a major milestone for a development paradigm that fundamentally changed the way many states, multilateral organizations, civil society, and by extension the masses, view human progress and development. Last week when I broke down parts of the new Human Development […]
Accompanying this year’s 20th Anniversary HDR are a number of helpful and user-friendly resources that let individuals (who don’t need to be statisticians or economists) browse country profiles, maps, and even create their own Human Development Index. These new tools are a huge step forward with regard to making important statistical documents accessible to a broader public.
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark stated that “the Report shows that people today are healthier, wealthier and better educated than before. While not all trends are positive, there is much that countries can do to improve people’s lives, even in adverse conditions. This requires courageous local leadership as well as the continuing commitment of the international community.”
Twenty-two of the most affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa have reduced new HIV infections by more than 25%
UNAIDS Executive Secretary Michel Sidibe states that “for the first time change is happening at the heart of the epidemic. In places where HIV was stealing away dreams, we now have hope”.