The Human Capital Index 2020: Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19

Friday, 18 September, 2020 - 09:30 to 10:30
Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Thursday, 17 September, 2020

On the occasion of 75th Session of  the UN General Assembly, the World Bank cordially invites you to join a special briefing and discussion on the findings from the 2020 Human Capital Index Report.

Event: The Human Capital Index 2020: Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19

Date and Time: Friday, September 18, 2020 | 09:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST | Livestream (Link will be sent by email)

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The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary in 2020 at a time of great disruption for the world due to the COVID19 pandemic and the ensuing severe social and economic impacts. The year also coincides with the launch of the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and to protect countries’ development goals.

The World Bank has just launched its 2020 Human Capital Index, which warns that the COVID-19 pandemic could threaten progress made over the past decade unless countries and international partners redouble efforts to protect and invest in people. Investments in human capital—the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate over their lives—are key to unlocking a child’s potential and to achieving inclusive and resilient recovery from the pandemic as well as countries' development goals.  

The 2020 Human Capital Index includes health and education data covering 98 percent of the world’s population up to March 2020, providing a pre-pandemic baseline on the health and education of people in 174 countries. The update also presents a decade-long view of the evolution of human capital outcomes from 2010 through 2020. Today, hard-won human capital gains in many countries are at risk.

Please join the World Bank and UN officials, who will present the findings of the report, and discuss ways to safeguard human capital gains and accelerate progress.

Opening Remarks: Mari Pangestu, World Bank Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships

Moderator: Mamta Murthi, World Bank Vice President, Human Development


  • Aart Kraay, Deputy Chief Economist and Director of Development Policy, World Bank
  • Roberta Gatti, Human Development Chief Economist, World Bank

Discussant: Pedro Conceição, Director of Human Development, UNDP​