UNDP Namibia launches the Global Human Development Report: 2016

This month the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Namibia launched the 2016 Global Human Development Report (HDR) under the theme: “Human Development for Everyone.”

The Right Honorable Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila was the guest of honor. The launch was also attended by Deputy Ministers from the Ministries of: Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Industrialization and Trade and SME Development.

The 2016 Human Development Report is the latest in a series of Global Development Reports published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1990

This year the theme of the report “Human Development for everyone”, stresses the central development premise that ‘people are the real wealth of nations’. The HDR recognizes that in every society certain groups are far more likely to suffer disadvantages than others and identifies deep-rooted, and often unmeasured, barriers to development.

This 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 could be made more effective in the fight to leave no one behind and achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In her remarks at the launch the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Namibia Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho, acknowledged global improvements in income, health and education, stating that there has been a 20% increase on the human development index since 1990.

She, however noted that there is still work to be done as 800 million people still go to bed hungry every day, and one in eight people continue to live in extreme poverty.

“Coordination between the government, private sector, civil society and academia is vital. The use of the various frameworks such as Vision 2030, the Harambee Prosperity Plan, the Blue Print on Poverty Reduction and Wealth Redistribution and the upcoming NDP5 will make human development possible in Namibia.” Gbeho said.

In her keynote address the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister stressed that Human Development for everyone cannot be achieved if half of humanity is bypassed. “Gender inequality and the lack of women’s empowerment is a challenge to global progress across all regions and groups. Gender disparities in human development, while narrowing slowly continue to be a challenge in all regions, particularly in low and medium human development countries.”

The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister further remarked that, as long as there is someone who going to bed hungry, there are children not going to school and mothers are dying in child birth, Namibia cannot rest.

Human Development Report - http://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/2016_human_development_report.pdf