HDR 2015: Work and Human Development

The new ”Human Development Report 2015“, published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), describes the positive development effects of work, but also shows that they depend on certain conditions. This also applies to the tourism sector. While work generates income, secures livelihoods and reduces poverty, its positive effects are not automatic. Some forms of work and problematic working conditions have detrimental impacts on human rights and human dignity, freedom and health. The report shows that in the sphere of work, women are often disadvantaged or discriminated against. They also bear the burden of most of the care work which is unpaid. The report stresses the need for decent work, which is also included in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG target 8.9 (”By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products“) explicitly stresses the need for sustainability in the tourism sector. Other relevant targets address child labour, forced labour, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation.

Further information: http://report.hdr.undp.org

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