31.01.2012 - ODG

How can we measure development?

UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is taking part in an international conference on “measuring development: how science and politics work together”.

This conference, held from 1 to 3 February at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, is organized by the Scientific Network on Globalization and Development (GEMDEV) under the auspices of UNESCO. It offers a unique opportunity for internationally renowned researchers and economists to question the relevance of indicators used in today’s world to measure economic performance, social progress and development.

In her opening speech the Director-General notes the problems associated with measuring development and highlights the importance of measurement to “set a baseline for measuring change, to draw internationally comparable pictures, to mobilize for action,” in order to take forward the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All campaign led by UNESCO.

“For UNESCO, the foundations for sustainable development must lie with every individual’s ability to imagine a better world and their capabilities to shape reality in this direction,” says Irina Bokova.

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