UNDP: Covid-19 to cause first human development fall

Pandemic may reverse human development for first time in 30 years UN says

Pandemic may reverse human development for first time in 30 years UN says

These were the details of the news Pandemic may reverse human development for first time in 30 years, United Nations says for this day.

In a virtual ceremony, Mr Steiner welcomed the significant contribution made by Russian Federation, particularly in the time of COVID-19, a global health and development crisis that is revealing fragilities in systems around the world.

Other shocks - such as the financial crisis of 2007-2009 or the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014-2016 - have dealt a blow but did not prevent year-on-year development gains overall, said UNDP head Achim Steiner.

The UNDP said education is just one of the measurements used to assess global human development, combined with health and living standards and that for the first time since the concept was introduced in 1990, the world teeters on the verge of going backwards, during the course of this year.

A key measure of human development points to a looming crisis due to coronavirus.

He added: "This pandemic is a health crisis".

"For vast swathes of the globe, the pandemic will leave deep, deep scars".

Besides deaths from Covid-19, which have now topped 320,000, the crisis could indirectly mean an extra 6,000 children die each day from preventable causes in the next six months, UNDP said. Taking into account that COVID-19's global death toll has exceeded 300,000 people, the global per capita income this year is expected to fall by four per cent. The same year the first UNDP Human Development Report (HDR) was launched under his leadership.

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It notes that school closures and disparities in distance learning will widen education gaps between rich and poor countries.

Childhood education will also take a hit, with effective out-of-school rates in primary education expected to slump to levels not seen in more than three decades.

Declines in fundamental areas of human development are being felt across most countries - rich and poor - in every region, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) statement issued on Thursday.

"This crisis shows that if we are not able to integrate equity into our policies, many people will be left behind.

This is particularly important for the "new necessities" of the 21st century, such as access to the internet, which is helping us to benefit from tele-education, tele-medicine, and to work from home", said Pedro Conceicao, director of the Human Development Report Office at the UNDP.

Boosting internet access for low- and middle-income countries is a relatively cheap goal, he said.

The measure doesn't factor in "less visible indirect effects" of the pandemic, which are yet to be fully documented, including increased levels of domestic violence. It recommends five priority steps to tackle the complexity of this crisis: protecting health systems and services; ramping up social protection; protecting jobs, small- and medium-sized businesses and informal sector workers; making macroeconomic policies work for everyone; and promoting peace, good governance and trust to build social cohesion.

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