The South is driving global economic growth and societal change

Mar 18, 2013

Yerevan, 18 March 2013 - Leading countries of the developing world are together reshaping global power dynamics in a new era of human development progress, according to the United Nation Development Programme’s (UNDP) 2013 Human Development Report. The Report - The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World - was launched on 14 March by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City.

“The rise of the South is unprecedented in its speed and scale,” says the Report, which uses the term “South” to mean developing countries and “North” to mean developed ones. “Never in history have the living conditions and prospects of so many people changed so dramatically and so fast. The South as a whole is driving global economic growth and societal change for the first time in centuries.”

“The 2013 Report makes a significant contribution to development thinking by describing specific drivers of development transformation and by suggesting future policy priorities that could help sustain such momentum,” writes UNDP administrator Helen Clark in the Report’s foreword.

At the same time, developing countries share a host of challenges, including an aging population, the environment and social and economic inequality and will need new domestic policy initiatives as well as international action to continue their human development momentum.

Nations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are on the frontier of that change: “Connecting the North and the rising South is the transforming East,” the Report says, referring to the region. The experience of many states in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in managing a rapid transition from centrally planned to market economies holds useful lessons for developing countries elsewhere, says the Report.

The rise of the South should be seen as beneficial for all countries and regions, the Report concludes. Human development is not a zero-sum game. “The South needs the North, and increasingly the North needs the South,” the Report says. “The world is getting more connected, not less.”

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