Dubai-UAE: 25 December, 2010 – The Dubai School of Government, a research and teaching institution that focuses on public policy in the Arab world, today hosted a full day closed-door consultation session to discuss the UNDP Human Development Report 2011.
Titled “Sustaining Equitable Progress,” the UNDP Human Development report that will be released in May 2011 will explore how human progress can be maintained and become more equitable, taking into account the needs of future generations. Addressing the two major challenges of financial crises and conflict that threaten human development today, it will also determine the potential for progressive reforms that promote both equity and sustainability.
The UNDP 2011 report will additionally outline environmental issues, natural disasters, civil war, and the economic recession. It will highlight the challenges towards achieving a green economy, particularly the aim to radically reduce the carbon footprint of developed countries while simultaneously raising living standards in less privileged countries.
The DSG roundtable drew the participation of around 25 eminent experts from the UAE and throughout the region, including Dr. Anisa Al Sharif, The Executive Council, Dr. Kenneth Wilson, National Research Foundation, Shaheena Mohamed, Emirates Competitiveness Council, Dr. Mustapha Kamel Al-Sayyid, Cairo University and others. Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, lead author of the UNDP report, led the discussions.
From the Dubai School of Government, Dean Tarik Yousef moderated part of the session, while Dr. Mohamed Lahouel, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Assistant Professors Nicolas Depetris Chauvin and Tarek Coury also took part.
Inequality and the pillars of sustainability, as well as its regional threats and ways to achieving it were among the other topics that were explored during the DSG session. The researchers concurred that inequality would lead to less environmental protection than would prevail given a more equal distribution among and within countries. Recent local level studies have identified positive relations between the adoption of conservation and sustainable agricultural practices on the one hand, and human development outcomes on the other.
Dr. Tarik Yousef, Dean of Dubai School of Government, said: “It is essential to understand and evaluate the topics that will be highlighted by the UNPD report, especially with relevance to the Arab region. The region has gone through many changes, which require deep monitoring and studying to better understand the way forward.”
According to the UNDP Human Development report 2010 released recently, the UAE is ranked first on the human development index among Arab countries, and 32nd out of 169 countries globally.
Established in 2005 in cooperation with the Harvard Kennedy School, the Dubai School of Government is dedicated to the promotion of good governance through enhancement of the region’s capacity for public policy. The School collaborates with regional and global institutions in delivering its research and training programmes, and organises policy forums and international conferences to promote critical debate on public policy in the Arab world.
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About the Dubai School of Government
The Dubai School of Government (DSG) is a research and teaching institution focusing on public policy in the Arab world. Established in 2005 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, in cooperation with the Harvard Kennedy School, DSG aims to promote good governance through enhancing the region’s capacity for effective public policy. Toward this goal, the Dubai School of Government also collaborates with regional and global institutions in delivering its research and training programs. In addition, the School organizes policy forums and international conferences to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote critical debate on public policy in the Arab world.
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