Final Consultation Workshop on Maldives second National Human Development Report held

Male, Maldives – With More than a decade since the Government of Maldives published its first National Human Development Report (NHDR), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) welcomes the holding of the Final Consultation Workshop on the Maldives’ second NHDR – which marks a significant step in the efforts of the country to rejoin the global network of NHDRs after a fourteen year break.

“The Maldives second NHDR, which is under production, seeks to produce an informed analysis of human development in the country, with a significant emphasis on vulnerabilities and elements of inequality. Also for the first time in the country’s history, it attempts to calculate the sub-regional Human Development Index, which is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and income indices used to assess the level of human development,” said Ms. Azusa Kubota, the UNDP’s Deputy Resident Representative during the opening ceremony of the final national consultation workshop.

The one-day consultation workshop was attended by key stakeholders that included senior officials from government line ministries, independent institutions, academic institutions as well as local NGOs. Participants of the workshop reviewed the latest draft of the NHDR focusing on key areas of the report that included economic, social and governance issues. The participants also checked for statistical and factual validity of the data that had been presented in the report. At the end of the session, they presented their recommendations to the national drafting team of NHDR on ways to interpret the data better in the national context, and shared updated data and facts from their relevant sectors.

“The Government of Maldives remains and will continue to remain committed to the development of the NHDR and in integrating the human development perspective in designing public policies, so that the people of the Maldives remain at the centre of development. It is also important to develop systems and mechanisms to ensure evidence gathering and analysis for informed decision making and policy formulation that takes into account the needs of vulnerable groups,” said Dr. Mariyam Shakeela, Minister of Health and Gender.

The second NHDR will focus on country realities, and reflect well-defined national perspectives on human development in addressing priority national themes, emerging trends, opportunities and challenges.

The initial report of 2000/2001 provided a wide-ranging account of the opportunities the Maldives possesses and the challenges that it faces as a nation. The Report emphasized that the human development discourse puts people and what they value most – their security, needs, rights, and choices – at the centre of the development effort.

The objectives of the second NHDR are:

  • To promote a better understanding and use of human development,
  • To disaggregate human development related indices for the Maldives, and,
  • To influence public policy and government resource allocation for more equitable national development and attainment of MDGs.

The second Maldives National Human Development Report is expected to be released by the end of March 2014.

Contact Information

Mr. Mohamed Naahee, Communications & Advocacy Associate, (+960) 334 3272,mohamed.naahee@undp.org

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