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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will launch the 2013 Human Development Report in Jamaica on Tuesday, June 4, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.

This 22nd edition of the HDR, entitled: ‘The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World’, explores evolving geopolitics, examines emerging issues and trends, and also identifies new stakeholders who have been influential in shaping the global development landscape.

Officials from several countries will join their local counterparts for the event, scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Among the notable attendees are representatives from countries such as Brazil, India, and South Africa, which have had significant influence on global developments.

Local participants will include Ministers of Government, and representatives of academia, and planning and development institutions such as the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).

In an interview with JIS News, UNDP Resident Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Arun Kashyap, said the HDR’s launch in Jamaica will provide a platform for engaging the country’s southern partners to solicit their commitment and support to strengthen national macro-economic stability.

He said the officials will participate in a panel discussion highlighting their country’s perspective on South-South cooperation; share their experiences and factors that have contributed to their progress, and how Jamaica can benefit from their successes.

“Jamaica is currently going through an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with the IMF. And as we look at overcoming a macro-economic indebtedness and also improving the quality of life of all Jamaicans, in terms of reducing inequity, we are finding that lessons from these countries could be very valuable for Jamaica to replicate, by building upon their successes and best practices,” the UNDP Resident Representative contended.

Dr. Kashyap pointed out that the global financial crisis has resulted in stagnation for some developed economies, while some developing economies have been experiencing growth.

“We are finding, globally, that living conditions and quality of life of hundreds of millions of people have been lifted because of the transformation that is going on in the Southern countries, with the projections by this report indicating that by 2020, the combined economic output of three leading developing countries alone – Brazil, China, and India, will surpass the aggregate production of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America,” he stated.

CONTACT: KADIAN BROWN