Oh, human society can’t get out backwards. You’ve got to go forwards to go back, better press on.

For the first time in history, human development has started going backwards. The Development Index (HDI), a measure of wellbeing across health, education and economic domains, was first computed in 1990. Over the last two years 90% of measured countries have registered unprecedented reversals in human development. The COVID-19 pandemic, recurrent natural disasters triggered by climatic shocks, conflict, increasing cost of living and widening inequalities have erased much of the human development progress made since 2015 when world leaders adopted the very ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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