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HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

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French Equivalent: Développement humain

Definition:
Human development is the process of enlarging people’s choices. Their three essential choices are to lead a long and healthy life, to acquire knowledge and to have access to the resources needed for a decent standard of living.

Additional choices, highly valued by many people, range from political, economic and social freedom to opportunities for being creative and productive and enjoying personal self—respect and guaranteed human rights.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Cross References:
Sustainable development

Statistical Theme: Social and welfare statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, March 05, 2003