UNDP’s flagship human development report, The next frontier - Human development and the Anthropocene, that was globally launched in December 2020, shows that we are at an unprecedented moment in history. Human activity has become a dominant force shaping the planet. Because the impact interacts with existing inequalities, threatening significant development reversals, the report argues in favor of a great transformation – in how we live, work and cooperate – to change the path we are on. In this sense, the next frontier for human development is to work with nature, not against it.

How should we react to this new age? Do we choose to strike out on bold new paths striving to continue human development while easing planetary pressures? Or do we choose to try—and ultimately fail—to go back to business as usual and be swept into a dangerous unknown?

To initiate a conversation over this in Lebanon and the Middle East and North Africa, the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center is partnering with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to highlight the virtual launch of their report.

The discussion will take place over Zoom on Tuesday, April 20 from 15:30 until 17:00 Beirut time (UTC+3). The event will be in English with simultaneous interpretation to Arabic. Sign language interpretaion is also available.

The launching of the report will be live streamed on UNDP Arab States' and Carnegie Middle East Facebook channel. To attend, please click here to register.

For more information, please contact Josiane Matar at josiane.matar@carnegie-mec.org.