South Asian Regional Consultations on Human Development Reports 2012 and 2013 takes place in Sri Lanka

27 Jan 2012

The South Asian regional consultations in preparation for the 2012 and 2013 Global Human Development Reports will take place in Sri Lanka on January 30 and 31, 2012. A key part of a series of consultations that the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is conducting across regions, the event will allow for a narrowing of the focus of the next two Human Development Reports, UNDP’s flagship development publication.
 
Hon. D. E. W. Gunasekara, Minister of Human Resources Development, will be the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony. Jointly organized by the Human Development Report Office and UNDP Sri Lanka, along with the Institute of Policy Studies in Sri Lanka (IPS), the event will bring together over 40 policy makers, academics and civil society representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The two day consultations will take place at the IPS Auditorium from 9 am – 5 pm.
The developing world is forecast to account for 50 – 60 percent of the world’s output in the next 20 years. The challenge of sustaining growth rates without harming the environment; including the poor and deprived sections of its population in the development process; and, promoting better access to health and education, will all be crucial challenges ahead.
 
The 2012 HDR, themed, ‘The Changing World: Human Progress and the Rise of the Global South’ will assess the impact of the change process ahead on global governance, institutions and human development. The HDR consultations will aim to foster understanding of these key issues in respect to South Asia and identify policy options that would put people at the centre of development.
 
The 2013 HDR will focus on the theme, ‘Beyond 2015: Accelerating Human Progress and Defining Goals’. With 2015 set as the year for countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the regional consultations aims to generate views on the post 2015 agenda and a possible framework for goals beyond this period. The consultations will draw on significant issues relating to poverty, equity and sustainability as well as emphasizing on the need to include all stakeholders within and across the country in the development processes.
 
The 30-31 January consultations aim to identify new ways to measure the progress of human development since the first HDR in 1990. Although the Human Development Index (HDI) was introduced as an alternative to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to measure human progress, there is a constant need to regularly update its methodologies and indicators to better capture human development.
 
Following the consultations, HDRO will prepare an issues paper in mid-2012 as a contribution to the global debates, and set the stage for further inter-governmental attention on the post-2015 successor arrangements.