The 2015 Human Development Report

Thursday 18 February at 3:00 pm in the lecture hall of the National Museum of Iceland

Open seminar hosted by the United Nations Association of Iceland, UNU-GEST – Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme of the United Nations University, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Institute of International Affairs and RIKK – Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference at the University of Iceland.

The 2015 Human Development Report

There has been an impressive progress on human development over the past quarter of century. Today people are living longer, more children are in school and more people have access to clean water and basic sanitation. Although work is an important dimension of this development it can also be very damaging and constitute serious violations of human rights, such as child labour, forced labour and the labour of trafficked workers. How can work enhance the richness of human lives and human development?

Dr. Selim Jahan, editor-in-chief of the 2015 Human Development Report (HDR): Work for Human Development and director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office, introduces the 2015 HDR and its main findings.

Opening remarks by Mrs. Eygló Harðardóttir, Icelandic Minister of Housing and Social Affairs.

The Icelandic labour market in a global context – panel with Icelandic experts:
Dr. Katrín Ólafsdóttir, Assistant Professor, School of Business, Reykjavik University.
Drífa Snædal, General Secretary of the Federation of General and Special workers in Iceland.
Dr. Kolbeinn Stefánsson, Social Scientist and Expert at Statistics Iceland.

Moderator: Þröstur Freyr Gylfason, Chair of the UN Association of Iceland.

The seminar will take place in English and is open to all.

Coffee and refreshments following the discussions.

Visit to access the Report.

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