Jamaica joins global launch of Human Development Report

Mar 14, 2017

Jamaica will launch in Hayes, Clarendon for the first time


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jamaica will join the global launch of the 2016 Human Development Report ‘Human Development for Everyone’ on 21 March, on location from a rural community for the first time. Globally, the Report will be launched in Stockholm with the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven; UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark; and the Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the report, Selim Jahan.

Highlight of the historic national staging will be the unveiling of the 2016 Report which is embargoed until 9 a.m. Jamaica time on 21 March. 

Under the global theme “Human Development for Everyone”, UNDP has partnered with the Clarendon Parish Development Committee Benevolent Society, the Combined Disabilities Association and the GEF Smalll Grants Programme to stage the launch in the community of Hayes in Clarendon at the Wembley Centre of Excellence. The Residents of Hayes have been integrally involved in planning the launch.

Jamaica’s Launch Ceremony will give an overview of the 2016 report including a video presentation of important highlights, focusing on Jamaica, to be followed by a Development Expo featuring UNDP, parish, community and national organizations in the business of improving people’s lives. UNDP will also debut its interactive booth on the Sustainable Development Goals complete with games, virtual reality and prizes and surprises.

Jamaica joins dozens of countries across the globe launching the Report, which assesses the human and sustainable development progress of more than 180 countries, including Jamaica.

The Human Development Report is the globally accepted standard for measuring and assessing development progress and is a valued tool for national planning. Also included in the report is a much anticipated country ranking in overall development including gender, poverty eradication, sustainable development, health, education and other indices. Jamaica’s overall development ranking in the 2015 Report was 99.

In past decades, there have been significant gains in human development levels in almost every country; but millions of people have not benefitted from this progress. Who has been left behind and why? The Human Development Report 2016 looks into these two questions. It identifies substantial barriers to development and recognizes that in every society certain groups are far more likely to suffer disadvantages than others.

The report also looks to what societies should do to advance human development for everyone. It sets forward policy recommendations at the national level and also looks at ways in which the global development landscape – particularly multilateral organizations – could be made more effective in the fight to leave no one behind and achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Contact information

Contact: Gillian Scott, UNDP/UN Communications Analyst. Tel: 978 2390 – 9 Ext 2032; Mobile: 427 0766

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