Why is human development necessary

Strengthen human development

Since its inception, reducing global inequality of living conditions has been a central goal of the United Nations. In the UN Charter of 1945, for example, the task of "solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural and humanitarian nature" is defined. deal with economic, ecological or cultural dimensions of development. These include the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Development Program (UNDP) and the Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).

Development cooperation within the framework of the United Nations has different faces. It goes far beyond the concrete improvement of local living conditions, for example by providing basic services. Various UN bodies work in their area to create framework conditions that enable development. This includes the ILO's fight for labor standards as well as the WHO's efforts to provide health education.

The idea and objective of development cooperation has been subject to constant change and discussion over the years. For example, the classic division into “developed” and “underdeveloped” states and the associated extrapolations of colonial thought patterns came under massive criticism. With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, the United Nations defined a universal claim for the first time, declaring virtually all states to be “developing countries”.

Read more about the responsibilities within the United Nations, the history of development cooperation and critical discussions on the understanding of “development” on our website.