Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Release of the Human Development Report

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
November 4, 2010


Each year for twenty years, the authors of the Human Development Report have sought to broaden the general understanding of what it means for a nation to be “developed.” No longer do we judge the well-being of a nation’s people solely by measuring the size of their national economy. Health and education are also crucial to providing people with broad opportunities to live long, productive lives. Including them in our understanding of development, as President Obama’s global development policy does, is both sensible and well-suited to a world of increasingly complex transnational challenges.

This morning, the United Nations released the 2010 Human Development Report. We are particularly pleased with its new index on gender inequality and its focus on broad income inequality, and we look forward to reviewing its findings.


PRN: 2010/271