UNDP’s Global Human Development Report (HDR 2020) was handed over to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Posted on January 5th, 2021

Prime Minister’s Media Unit

UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Mr. Robert Juhkam officially handed over the Global Human Development Report (HDR 2020) to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today at his residence in Wijerama.

The Human Development Report (HDR), is the annual flagship report published by the Human Development Report Office of the UNDP that evaluates and measures human progress. This year’s 30th publication, emphasises on the relationship between people and nature, focusing on the impact that human activity has on the earth and stresses on the importance of improving people’s lives while working towards an inclusive and sustainable future for all.

Mr. Juhkam pointed out that Sri Lanka is in the high human development category, positioned 72 out of 189 countries, and is the highest in the South Asian region. Between 1990 and 2019, Sri Lanka’s HDI value has increased from 0.629 to 0.782, an increase of 24.3 percent.  Further in relation to the new PHDI (Planetary pressures-adjusted HDI) featured in the report, Sri Lanka is ranked at the top in the South Asian region at rank 38 overall.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa assured Sri Lanka’s continuous commitment towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and finding transformative pathways during these turbulent times and look towards UNDP for a stronger collaboration.

Background Information

  • Between 1990 and 2019, Sri Lanka’s:
    • HDI value increased from 0.629 to 0.782 (increase of 24.3%).
    • Life expectancy at birth increased by 7.5 years.
    • Average years of schooling increased by 2.3 years.
    • Expected years of schooling increased by 2.8 years.
    • GNI per capita increased by about 229.4%
Comparison of HDI & PDHI Among South Asian Countries
Country HDI Rank Difference from HDI Rank PHDI Rank
Sri Lanka 72 34 38
Maldives 95 1 94
Bhutan 129 4 125
India 131 8 123
Banglaesh 133 9 124
Nepal 142 7 135
Pakistan 154 2 152
Afghanistan 169 3 166

UNDP Resident Representative, Mr.Robert Juhkam, Deputy Representative Ms. Faiza Effendi, Policy and Engagement Team Leader, Mr. Fadhil Bakeer Markar, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr.Gamini Senarath, and Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Mr. Yoshitha Rajapaksa were among the attendees.

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