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Sri Lanka, for the first time, was ranked in the “high human development” category of the United Nations Human Development Programme (UNDP) “Human Development Report (HDR) 2013”.  The HDR which reports on a country’s Human Development Index based on three main indicators, viz., “a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living”.

Sri Lanka’s HDI value is 0.715 for the year 2012, up by 28 per-cent from 0.557 the previous year, ranking Sri Lanka as the 92 out of 187 countries. Sri Lanka ranks above the South Asian average of 0.558 and above Pakistan and India, which are ranked 146 and 138 respectively.

Speaking at the Sri Lankan launch of the HDR, External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris stressed the importance of equality in development. “GDP growth needs to be accompanied by social equity; the tangible improvement of lives. Development cannot be an abstraction of figures for most of society,” he said.

He further noted the inequality faced by women in politics in Sri Lanka. “Gender equality is enjoyed in most walks of life, from education to businesses. However there is a disparity in the representation of women in parliament. This may be due to the system of proportional representation,” he said.

However, he made the point that a quota system, although a temporary fix, was not a permanent solution as it was condescending to female politicians. The HDR is adjusted for the “Gender Inequality Index”, on which Sri Lanka scores a value of 0.402 and a rank of 75 out of 148 countries, in comparison to India at 132 and Pakistan at 123. However the female representation in parliament of India and Pakistan is 10.9 per-cent and 21.1 per-cent respectively, while Sri Lanka only has a percentage of 5.8.

Minister Peiris also noted that inequality between urban and rural development would lead to unrest, resentment and loss of public confidence which could erupt into the youth unrest as in the 1971 and 87-89.

Speaking at the event UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka Subinay Nandy noted that the report for 2013 titled “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World” showed the growing link between human development and globalization. He also spoke on the importance of growth in factors that were ancillary to the economy. “GDP is not all that matters; countries need to grow in other factors which show the improvement in their quality of life,” he said.

British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka John Rankin speaking at the event said that in the effort of South-South cooperation the SAARC countries needed to organise themselves better. He added that although there needed to be respect for the sovereignty of countries, the economic and social rights of all persons needed to be respected.(Dianne Silva and Shihara Maduwage)
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  • Ray Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:27 AM

    You mean 'certain' humans development? this we all agree with!

    Ando Wednesday, 03 April 2013 04:27 AM

    Ok, we know our high literacy rate, and bla bla bla... are you planning to do anything to rising curruption, fraud, crime, col, lawlessness and racism?

    lkboy Wednesday, 03 April 2013 04:31 AM

    this is why some Indians are jealous of us.

    Living the dream o/s Wednesday, 03 April 2013 04:36 AM

    Due to the poor standard of living in SL, no one wants to live here. I think Indians are better off where they are instead of coming to thrid world SL.

    IOSirisena Wednesday, 03 April 2013 07:30 AM

    mate maybe you should take a trip to India - there its probably not even third world.

    IOSirisena Wednesday, 03 April 2013 07:32 AM

    you get some you don't get some

    human Wednesday, 03 April 2013 07:32 AM

    this guy is really a professor,just knw how to add & minus,heheh

    hey wakeup man people are not stupid as u & ur gov think,get lost

    Asoka Wednesday, 03 April 2013 07:47 AM

    If you don't like the standard, go somewhere better. That is the best you can do for Sri Lanka. Rest assured, no one will come to the airport or boat to kneel down to stop you leaving.

    Cancer Wednesday, 03 April 2013 05:57 AM

    By your comments I presume you are a Sri Lankan belonging to a minority race. You should travel out of Sri Lanka to know the standard of living of other countries. If only you had been to India then you would know the difference. In short, Colombo is cleaner and life of those living in Colombo are much safer and better than those living in New Delhi / Mumbai. Also, presently, life and living in Jaffna is 100 times better than those people living in Tamil Nadu. These are facts.


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