Oct 06, Colombo: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012 Friday in Colombo.
The reportwas launched yesterday with the participation of Senior Minister for International Monetary Co-operation, Dr. Sarath Amunugama as the chief guest and Dr. Ajay Chhibber, the visiting UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP.
This is the second National Human Development Report (NHDR) for Sri Lanka. The first Report had been produced more than a decade ago in 1998.
The individual country NHDR produced in addition to the global HDR reflects country level issues that have an impact on human development.
With Sri Lanka entering a new phase of development, the 2012 report, titled 'Bridging Regional Disparities for Human Development', examines the social and economic disparities across Sri Lanka's geographic regions.
According to the UNDP, the report assesses the health, education, employment and governance sectors, and puts forth a set of policy recommendations to help overcome gaps, enabling Sri Lanka's people to contribute to and participate in its overall socio-economic progress.
Addressing the event Minister Amunugama has said noted that the 2012 NHDR will be very useful as the government prepares for the formulation of the 2013 budget.
The Minister has emphasized on the need to focus on the growing middle class, and creating an enabling environment for people to climb out of poverty.
"The nature of poverty reduction is undergoing rapid changes. We need to seize the opportunity in a bold way, and create opportunities so that a new class of people will take charge, and be able to transform the Sri Lankan economy," he has said.
Delivering the keynote address, Dr. Chhibber has pointed out that if Sri Lanka is to achieve its full potential moving forward, it is necessary to look at the dynamics of growth and development across the country and across different segments of the population.
"Bridging regional disparities for human development and addressing inequities at this point in Sri Lanka's history, is extremely timely," the UN Assistant Secretary General has noted.
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka Mr. Subinay Nandy has said that he believes the "NHDR will serve as the foundation for joint Government and development partner engagement, bolstering the collaboration so essential to addressing regional disparities and targeting vulnerable and disadvantaged groups."
The lead author of the Report, Dr. Nisha Arunathilaka has presented the key findings of the Report at the occasion.