Virtual global launch of the 2022 Arab Human Development Report

Posted June 20, 2022
Event Details

29 June - 29 June

9am - 11:15am (EST)

Virtual Launch

Date: Wednesday 29 June 2022 from 9 am- 11:15 US EST

The Arab Human Development Report 2022 “Expanding Opportunities for an Inclusive & Resilient Recovery in the Post-COVID Era” will be launched on Wednesday, 29 June 2022 - 09:00 AM – 11:15 US Eastern Daylight Time, through an online webinar event which will be moderated by Rima Maktabi, London Bureau Chief - Al Arabiya News Channel.


Following opening remarks by Achim Steiner, UNDP’s Administrator, and Khalida Bouzar, UNDP’s Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS), Tehmina Akhtar, Senior Strategic Advisor, will present the content of the report. This will be followed by two panel discussions.


A first panel reflecting on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to the region, with the participation of:

  • H.E. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation | Arab Republic of Egypt
  • H.E. Younes Sekkouri, Minister of Economic Inclusion, Small Business, Employment, and Skills | Kingdom of Morocco
  • H.E. Nasser Yassin, Minister of Environment | Republic of Lebanon and
  • H.E. Maciej Popowski, Acting Director-General | DG for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations


A second panel discussing the COVID inclusive and resilient recovery process in the Arab States region, with the participation of:

  • Ishac Diwan, Director of Research for the Finance for Development Lab | Paris School of Economics | Lebanon
  • Maha Barjas Al Barjas, Secretary General Kuwait Red Crescent Society and Vice-President of International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC) | Kuwait
  • Hana AlHashimi, Chief Climate Negotiator and Head of office, UAE Climate change Special Envoy's office | UAE
  • Ilwad Elman, Director Elman Peace and Human Rights Center | Somalia


The Arab Human Development Report 2022 focuses on theme of post-COVID recovery in the context of current development challenges. In particular, the AHDR assesses the state of human development across governance, society, and economy prior to COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic. It provides concrete recommendations on how to guide a sustainable, green, equitable, and inclusive recovery. 

The 2022 Arab Human Development Report assesses the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the Arab States region and the cascading effects on the region’s sustainable development trajectory. Although more than two years have passed since the region and the world were plunged into the pandemic, the full range of the impacts on the region’s development prospects is still emerging 

The Report reviews the status of human development in the Arab States region and analyses the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on systems, institutions and relationships across the governance, economy and society dimensions of human capabilities and development. The status of these dimensions before the pandemic has  shaped much of the region’s response and recovery. At the same time, looking through the lens of postpandemic response and recovery efforts, the Report assesses how this global shock has affected the region and how existing programmes and response measures have countered the health crisis. It also details the ramifications for governance, the economy and society and the prospects for a green recovery

Register here to attend the launch of Arab Human Development Report 2022 virtual