Human Development Index

Coal Mining In India's Jharia

India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set ambitious new targets for reducing coal consumption and scaling up renewables. India will double the tax on coal production, promote renewable energy projects and electric vehicles to balance out emissions from coal-fired power plants. “With regard to coal, there’s a need to find a balance between taxing… Keep reading →

Energy intensive models of economic growth are being questioned by the rise of ‘Development 2.0’, an approach to development that attacks complexity and resource limitations with careful policy design that signals an end to traditional “decentralization” policies advocated by now-struggling Western economies.

Higher levels of economic development require more complex analysis by stakeholders than a strict reading of impact on traditional measures like Gross Domestic Product, UNDP Human Development Report Office Director Khalid Malik said as part of a wide ranging discussion on societal transformation at the Asia Society in New York. Malik’s center works to produce a Human Development Report and index each year, and the cumulative work of the group since 1990 is expected to influence the Rio plus 20 talks being hosted by the United Nations in Brazil later this month. Keep reading →