DED, UNDP to prepare first Abu Dhabi HDR

ABU DHABI - The Department of Economic Development (DED), in Abu Dhabi in cooperation and coordination with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is working on the launch of the first Human Development Report, or HDR, in the emirate at the end of the year.

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Published: Sun 31 Jul 2011, 11:06 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:41 AM

The report will offer specific recommendations to further raise the level of human development in the emirate, based on critical and scientific review of reality. The first HDR for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi focuses on five major issues which include data and statistical indicators, economic growth and its implications on social aspects, demography, education and labour related issues.

Mohammed Omar Abdullah, Undersecretary of the Department and Chairman of the Higher Committee of the HDR, said that this report is part of analytical studies aimed to aid decision makers, and provide specific recommendations on topics that are addressed, adding that the report is centered on concepts of human development, such that the humanitarian concerns are the focus of attention and not only the economic side.

He emphasised the importance of the HDR, which reflects the economic and social development, education and demography of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in the light of rapid growth which the emirate experienced over the past years, within the policy set by the leadership and the government to achieve the objectives of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, and to place the Government of Abu Dhabi among the best five governments in the world.

He noted that the first HDR for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi would help the government of the emirate in achieving a set of general envisioned objectives, such as the adoption of new policies to further raise living standards, enhance social progress, setting up leading and innovative indicators for human development, rationalisation of national investments to address the key aspects of sustainable development as well as helping the local community in Abu Dhabi to conceive the concept of progress in the twenty first century.

For her part, Dr Elissar Sarrouh, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the UAE, explained that the programme has realised the importance of the role played by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in development and growth of UAE in all fields, and thus there is a need to shed light on human development issues through the first report on human development for the emirate.

Dr Sarrouh said that citizens are the most concerned stratum in the process of achieving sustainable development, pointing out that the indicators of quality of life are not confined only to wealth and employment opportunities, but also the physical environment, health, education, social life and entertainment; as quality of life as a concept has already become an explicit objective of policy.

The UNDP Representative in Abu Dhabi said that there is global consensus on the need to develop a more inclusive vision of progress that takes into account social, environmental and economic indicators, rather than focusing mainly on the economic indicators, which undoubtedly constitute an important criterion of economic activity, but is not enough to be the only criterion for the progress of the nation or the general standard of living for citizens.

“The Human Development Reports, which began to be released by UNDP since 1990, aim at putting humans back in the heart of the development process, with a focus on human well-being as an important goal of development,” Dr Sarruoh said.

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