The 2016 Awards for Excellence in Human Development Reporting recognized the work of UNDP in Chile

Dec 6, 2016

Rodrigo Márquez, Human Development Coordinator; UNDP Administratror, Helen Clark, and Jorge Castillo, member of the NHDR team. Photo: UNDP Chile

The awardees are the teams behind the National Human Development Reports from Chile (2012), Montenegro (2013), Sri Lanka (2014) and Uganda (2015).

New York, 6 December 2016 - The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) announced today the four winners of the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Human Development Reporting for national and regional reports. recognizing the work of Chile, Montenegro, Sri Lanka and Uganda.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark and HDRO Director, Selim Jahan, presented the awards in an event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

An evaluation panel considered 29 submissions from among 50 national and regional human development reports published since 2012. The winning reports are:

  • Chile 2012 Human Development Report (HDR) ‘Subjective Wellbeing: The Challenges of Rethinking Development’,
  • Montenegro 2013 HDR ‘People are the real wealth of the country’. How rich is Montenegro?’,
  • Sri Lanka 2014 HDR ‘Youth and Development: Towards a More Inclusive Future’,
  • Uganda 2015 HDR ‘Unlocking the Development Potential of Northern Uganda’

The four awardees represent outstanding examples of how human development report teams can engage with communities, organizations and institutions to develop the reports, and communicate findings in ways to influence political debate in countries.

Chile's 2012 report uses measures of subjective wellbeing (in particular “happiness”) to better understand “what ultimately matters” when striving for development. The findings of this report are being used by Chile’s Ministry of Education in the discussion of a new national school curriculum and the Ministry of Social Development has measured life satisfaction in line with its recommendations.

"The findings of our Report indicate that generating conditions for all people to have the same chances of pursuing and achieving happiness is a task of society as a whole", said Rodrigo Márquez, Human development Coordinator at UNDP Chile. "We are convinced that public policies can generate better social conditions to achieve happiness. It only takes imagination, courage, perseverance and leadership to innovate", he added.

 “Reports should reflect the views of many stakeholders. One cannot report accurately on the hopes and aspirations of women, youth, the poor, or any other grouping in society without engaging fully with them. It is perhaps this characteristic more than any other which transforms a report on development into a human development report”, said Helen Clark.

This was the seventh round of human development reporting awards since they began in 2000, and covered reports published from June 2012 through June 2016.

“National Human Development Reports have always informed Global Human Development Reports and their analysis and recommendations can now play an important role in the dialogue around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These reports are the result of committed efforts to engage with a broad range of stakeholders and help understand disparities within a society,” said Selim Jahan.

The evaluation panel also commended submissions regarding the following human development reports: Ethiopia (2015), Kosovo (2014), Mongolia (2016) and Vietnam (2016), Asia and the Pacific (2016), Latin America and the Caribbean (2016) and the Western Balkans (2016).

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