"Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience" is the title of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2014 Human Development Report.
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UNDP Guyana launched the report on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Guyana International Conference Centre in the presence of Representatives of the Government, Parliamentary Political Parties, Diplomatic Corps, United Nations Agencies, Civil Society, and Media. The report was presented to Minister of Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh by UNDP Resident Representative (ag), Ms. Chisa Mikami.
The 2014 Human Development Report — Sustaining Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience — looks at two concepts which are both interconnected and immensely important to securing human development progress.
Since the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) first global Human Development Report (HDR) in 1990, most countries have registered significant human development. This year’s Report shows that overall global trends are positive and that progress is continuing. Yet, lives are being lost, and livelihoods and development undermined, by natural or human-induced disasters and crises.
The Rise of the South:
Human Progress in a Diverse World
The 2013 Human Development Report, The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World looks at the evolving geopolitics of our times, examining emerging issues and trends and also the new actors which are shaping the development landscape.
The Report argues that the striking transformation of a large number of developing countries into dynamic major economies with growing political influence is having a significant impact on human development progress.
Outcome 4: National development plans, policies, programmes and legislation (where required) formulated, implemented, monitored, and evaluated to achieve the MDGs, with special attention to key populations at higher risk and the progressive realisation of human rights.
The MDGs are indivisible and complementary. The UNCT and development partners need to work more effectively with international stakeholders to fulfill their commitments to support the attainment of the MDG by 2015 and to fill critical gaps to accelerate progress in achieving the MDGs, rather than shifting focus and resources from one MDG area to another. Recognising that policies and programmes to tackle the multiple dimensions of poverty (i.e. economic, human, socio-cultural, political, protective, gender and environmental) are mutually reinforcing and must go hand in hand with technical and financial support. Progress in one dimension will accelerate progress in others (e.g. by generating public revenues to support social services and infrastructure). Likewise, social protection and empowerment – e.g. of women – can unlock the productivity and entrepreneurship of large numbers of people in ways that significantly boost growth.
United Nations Resident Coordinator Khadija Musa said should economic opportunity fail to keep abreast with educational advancement, criminal activity and poverty are likely to increase.
Musa made the comment during the launch of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2013 Human Development Report at the Georgetown Club on Thursday. The report under the theme, “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World”, was presented to Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett in the presence of the diplomatic corps, business executives, politicians, and civil society. Guyana ranked 118 out of 187 countries, moving up one place from last year to the medium human development category. Musa, who is also the UNDP resident representative, stated that Guyana’s Human Development Index (HDI) increased to 0.636 from 0.514 in 2012.