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[Kingston, 8 December 2019]: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country office in Jamaica will join the global launch and unveiling of the 2019 Human Development Report this Monday 9 December at 9 a.m. in Kingston with a presentation and discussion on Jamaica’s development ranking among 189 countries.

The global embargo on the world’s most anticipated report on human development lifts at 12:01 a.m. Monday 9 December paving the way for the report to be shared for the first time in Jamaica at UNDP offices to be attended by invited guests. A livestream of the event will facilitate participation by a wider audience. Questions and Comments are welcome.

The Report presents the Human Development Index (HDI) which ranks 189 countries according to life expectancy, mean years of and expected years of schooling, standard of living as measured by Gross National Income (GNI) per capita. The Report also features an Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI), the Gender Development Index (GDI), the Gender Inequality Index (GII), and the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The final section of the report covers five dashboards: quality of human development, life-course gender gap, women’s empowerment, environmental sustainability, and socioeconomic sustainability.

UNDP Resident Representative, Denise E Antonio welcomed the focus of this year’s HDR on Inequalities in human development in the 21st century with the theme beyond income, beyond averages, and beyond today’, which indicates that inequalities go beyond numbers and highlights a rise in a new generation of inequalities that must be tackled quickly to avoid widening the gap.

The Human Development Report published annually by the UNDP is the globally accepted standard for measuring and assessing development progress and is a valued tool for national planning. Jamaica’s HDR Launch 2019 is organized by UNDP Jamaica in collaboration with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), UWI and will be moderated by Tijani Christian, noted youth ambassador and activist.

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