Human Development Report 2013

Human Development Report 2013

(Arantxa Cedillo/UNDP)

Early evening presentation with Khalid Malik, Director, Human Development Report Office, UNDP; Professor James Mirrlees, Nobel Economist; Jennifer Meehan, Chair, Grameen Foundation India (moderator)

Drinks reception at 5:30 pm
Presentation at 6:00 pm
Close at 7:00 pm

China has already overtaken Japan as the world’s second-biggest economy while pulling hundreds of millions of its people out of poverty. India is reshaping its future with new entrepreneurial creativity and social policy innovation. Brazil is lifting its living standards through expanding international relationships and antipoverty programs that are emulated worldwide. But the "Rise of the South" analyzed in the Report is a much larger phenomenon: Turkey, Mexico, Thailand, South Africa, Indonesia and many other developing nations are also becoming leading actors on the world stage.

The 2013 Human Development Report examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development. It identifies more than 40 countries in the developing world that have done better than had been expected in human development terms in recent decades, with their progress accelerating markedly over the past 10 years. The Report analyzes the causes and consequences of these countries achievements and the challenges that they face today and in the coming decades.

Khalid Malik is a Pakistan-born development economist with extensive leadership, research and advocacy experience. Born in Pakistan, Malik was appointed Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office in 2011. He has also served as Special Advisor on New Development Partnerships, UN Resident Coordinator in China, Director of the Evaluation Office and UN Representative in Uzbekistan. Before joining the UN, Malik taught and conducted research at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics and at Pembroke College, Oxford. Malik has written widely on development issues. He co-edited a review of the Lessons Learned in Crisis and Post-Conflict Situations (2002) and Capacity for Development: New Solutions to Old Problems (2002). Malik is on the Advisory Board of the Oxford Centre of China Studies. In 2009, He was selected by the government of China as one of ten “champions” — and the only foreigner — to be honored for their contributions to the protection of the environment in China. Malik studied economics at the universities of Punjab, Cambridge, Essex and Oxford.

Professor Sir James Mirrlees won the 1996 Nobel Prize for economics. He is Distinguished Professor-at-Large and Master of Morningside College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Cambridge. Professor Mirrlees has also been an adviser to the Chinese and British governments.

Annie SC Wu established the first joint venture between Hong Kong and mainland China in 1980 through Beijing Air Catering Ltd.  Ms. Wu is actively involved in community activities, in particular, advancing women’s issues in China and Hong Kong.  She is also a Standing Member of the National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Jennifer Meehan (moderator) is Chair of the Grameen Foundation India. She has been engaged in social entrepreneurship, social investing and a business approach to economic development across Asia and globally for the past 15 years. Most recently, she was co-head of Grameen Foundation USA’s global activities and served as CEO of Asia. She is also a member of Grameen Foundation’s Asia Advisory Committee and a member of Kashf Holdings Limited Board.

Event Details

2 April 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm

9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

HK$80 Asia Society members; HK$130 Non-members