UNDP Presents Regional Human Development Report for 2016

Mar 9, 2017

Dushanbe 9 March 2017. Regional Human Development Report for 2016 on inequalities in Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Central Asia. Mr. Ben Slay, UNDP Senior Advisor and Report lead author introduced participants, development partners, UN agencies, media representatives, academia on the importance of this Report and the impact of global narratives on inequalities in the region.

The Report puts people at the center of the analysis. It shows how women, children and youth, ethnic minorities, people living with HIV, workers without decent jobs, and members of other vulnerable groups are more likely to experience unequal development opportunities and outcomes. The report also calls for ensuring that measures intended to leave no one behind today do not harm future generations’ development prospects.

Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu United Nations Assistant Secretary General Director, UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS notes that to respond to these threats, the report calls for reductions in the region’s high taxes on labour, to be offset by higher taxes on environmentally unsustainable activities and more vigorous eff orts to capture illicit financial flows for state budgets.

It advocates greater investments in institutional capacity—particularly for national statistical offices, but also for ministries of labour, health, and social protection, and for courts, anticorruption agencies, and human rights protection bodies. The report calls for expanded fiscal outlays on social services and active labour market policies, to reduce labour market exclusion and close gaps in social protection coverage. If we can invest in bringing the most excluded and vulnerable groups up to speed, we will increase the prospects of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the region by 2030.

The countries of the world have started implementing Agenda for SDGs and only through joint efforts we can ensure that no one left behind.

Contact information

For further information, please contact: Safarbek Soleh, Programme Analyst External Relations of UNDP Tajikisatan at the e-mail: safarbek.soliev@undp.org

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. www.undp.org.