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workshop for the first Human development report

Monday, June 14, 2010 News
The Department of Economic Development in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program UNDP, organized at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi, for the preparation of the draft of the First Human Development Report for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The event was convened in participation of a number of concerned government authorities, experts and academics. The Acting Executive Director of Planning and Studies Division, the Director of the HDR Project, Mr. Rashid Ali Al Zaabi, said that the preparation of the First Human Development Report for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, by the Department of Economic Development, is congruent with the ambitious economic and social advancement strategies, in view of the perceptible signs of progress achieved over the past years. He added that the report is intended to trace, highlight and assess trends and future path of comprehensive human development in the Emirate Abu Dhabi.  He added that this would contribute enormously to the formulation and setting of policies in various areas of development at the national level. Al Zaabi added that this emanates as an outturn of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, and the Department's Strategic Plan 2008-2013, which aims at driving economic growth in Abu Dhabi through diversification, attraction of foreign investments, strengthening partnership with the private sector, and directing capital investment towards different economic projects.“The First Human Development Report, for Abu Dhabi, is based on the human development reports issued by the UNDP”, Al Zaabi said pointing out that the (HDR) version for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is considered as a first of its kind initiative, not only on the state level but at the level of the entire region. He also added that the HDR as a scientific document will accurately reflect the achievements in various traits, guided by judicious leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, which manifests the aspirations of a society of justice and social welfare. According to Rashid Zaabi, The report will reflect the real economic growth and social development accomplished by the economy of Abu Dhabi; and comes in line with the new strategic path of the Executive Council of the Emirate, for improving performance and upgrading social services to the highest attainable levels. Al Zaabi explained that the report emphasizes the strategy of the Government of Abu Dhabi, and the solid belief that the real wealth of the United Arab Emirates is the human capital and its national people, who contribute actively to the process of economic and social development through hard work, dedication, and realization of their rights and obligations as nationals. “The adoption of the comprehensive concept of economic and social development led to the attainment of higher rates of performance, and to the tuning of the social momentum and change; which keeps the community in the spirit of modernity and originality” Al Zaabi said.Mr. Dhahi Al Mansoori,  the Head of Social Studies Section and  the National Coordinator of the First Human Development Report Project, said that the launching of the First Human Development Report for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 2010, with its  expected contents  and trends, and major underpinnings in various areas of human development, exemplify the keenness of the Emirate, its departments and institutions to work  determinedly for implementation of sustainable development programs, to  help achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and  effect human development. Al Mansoori added that Abu Dhabi had achieved significant successes at the economic and social levels, as evidenced by the low rates of infant mortality, and the significantly lower illiteracy rate, in addition to the GDP per capita, which ranks high in the world. Al Mansoori said that the report will be prepared jointly by concerned ministries, departments, government agencies, private sector and civil society, in addition to the UNDP. He pointed out that this clearly shows the attention given by the emirate to the development of the various sectors, and corroborates with Abu Dhabi vision 2030, and with the significant progress made in sustainable human development. The report will show the various challenges that need to be dealt with during the coming period, in order to achieve sustainable human development; and that includes environmental challenges facing the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It will help in setting a clearly defined strategy to enable the emirate achieve long-term ambitions of maintaining a strong, diverse, knowledge-based highly competitive economy; with further high standards of living for the present and future generations. The report seeks to assess the necessary tools needed to measure progress according to the nature of the stages of development, in view of the advancement in the concept of development itself; since the measurement tool used at some point, may be limited and may not allow taking most of the variables into account. This report will address briefly the most important human development indicators, with enhancement of existing indicators to take into consideration the regional dimension factors, uniqueness and priorities of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This report  will provides indicators and readings pertinent to issues of human development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, most importantly, life expectancy at birth, education, GDP, health, child mortality,  communications,  Internet, publishing, culture, human rights, nutrition, poverty, basic services, economic performance, social justice, environment, etc… In order to probe and review the HDR and its subsidiary readings which will cover more than 35 areas in details, and as part of its efforts to advance human development indicators in the emirate, the Studies Directorate of the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi, organized this workshop, which marks the commencement of the HDR team and working groups in preparation of the report, within the set framework and methodology The workshop highlighted the contents and components of the First Human Development Report for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which includes demographics, labor force and the relationship between the Millennium Goals and Human Development with reference to Abu Dhabi case . The issues tackled also covered the calculation of the human development indicators for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the achievement of balance in human development between different regions of the emirate. Participants in the workshop were the Studies Directorate's report preparation working group, Ms. Alesar Farhan the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program in Abu Dhabi, Ms. Manar Yazbeck, General Manager of UNDP, Dr. Zain Al Sharif Director of Standards and Policies at the Ministry Labor and a number of directors, experts and academics.
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