According to the report, Guyana's Human Development Index (HDI) value for 2013 is 0.638, which is in the medium human development category—positioning the country at 121 out of 187 countries and territories. Between 1980 and 2013, Guyana's HDI value increased from 0.516 to 0.638, an increase of 23.6 percent or an average annual increase of about 0.65 percent.
Opening remarks were delivered by UNDP Resident Representative (ag) Ms. Chisa Mikami. In her remarks, Ms. Mikami emphasized that "human development involves removing the barriers that hold people back in their freedom to act. It is about enabling the disadvantaged and excluded to realize their rights, to express their concerns openly, to be heard and to become active agents in shaping their destiny. It is about having the freedom to live a life that one values and to manage one's affairs adequately."
She further noted that the 2014 Human Development Report looks at two concepts which are both interconnected and immensely important to securing human development progress. These concepts are: Reducing vulnerabilities and Building resilience.
She explained that "as successive Human Development Reports (HDRs) have shown, most people in most countries have been doing steadily better in human development. Advances in technology, education and incomes hold ever-greater promise for longer, healthier, more secure lives."
Ms. Mikami also noted that the Report makes the case that the sustained enhancement of individuals' and societies' capabilities is necessary to reduce persistent vulnerabilities -many of them structural and many of them tied to the life cycle. Hence, progress has to be about fostering resilient human development.
A technical presentation was done by the UNDP Programme Specialist, Dr. Patrick Chesney, who examined the trend of Guyana's performance over the years.
Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh addressed the audience before he officially launched the report in Guyana. He noted that, "there is a steady trend in the right direction in all the indices presented in the report." He pointed specifically to life expectancy, expected years of schools and Gross National Income (GNI) per capita.
The Minister further examined the figures in detail and compared Guyana to other Caribbean countries. Dr. Singh echoed that while Guyana has shown rapid improvement from the 1990s to present, it still has a long way to go.
He concluded on the premise that Guyana has been performing in all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) except for MDG five - Improving Maternal Health. As such he explained that a MDG Acceleration Framework which focuses on maternal health was developed. The Minister also made a call on the global community to double its efforts to discharge the obligation they entered in to achieve the MDG eight - Develop a Global Partnership for Development.