Advisory - North American launch of Human Development Report 2009

OTTAWA, Oct. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) will host the North American launch of the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Human Development Report 2009 on Monday, October 5. This year's report focuses on human mobility and development and includes the Human Development Index, which compares levels of human development in 182 countries.

    Date:      Monday, October 5, 2009
    Time:      10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    Location:  150 Kent (corner of Albert), 8th Floor
    Speakers:  David Morrison, Executive Secretary, United Nations Capital
               Development Fund, UNDP
               Manolo Abella, Senior Research Associate at the Centre on
               Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford

Copies of the 2009 report, Overcoming Barriers: Human mobility and development, will be available to media attending the launch at 9:00 a.m. as well as on-line at IDRC is hosting the launch in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada).

About IDRC

Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly 40 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies. Please visit

About UNA-Canada

The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) is a national charitable organization established in 1946. A policy and programming organization, UNA-Canada supports a network of 20 volunteer branches and local contacts, with a national office in Ottawa and offices in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. UNA-Canada's mandate is to engage Canadians in the work of the UN and the critical global issues that affect us all through innovative projects, policy research, and on-going communications with Canadians. Please visit

About UNDP

UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners. Please visit:

SOURCE International Development Research Centre

For further information: For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 696-2343,

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