South Sudan National Human Development Report 2015 released

Feb 24, 2016

H.E. Vice President James Wani Igga (6th from left) and Mr. Eugene Owusu (6th from right) and Aggrey Tisa (5th from left) displaying copies of the NHDR together with the report authors and panellists.

Vice President James Wani Igga and Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, and UNDP Resident Representative to South Sudan, Mr. Eugene Owusu launched the first South Sudan National Human Development Report 2015 at Freedom Hall in Juba on Wednesday.

South Sudan National Human Development Report 2015, with the theme; “People, Peace and Prosperity,” gives the latest statistics about key human development indicators in South Sudan and has Dr. Fredrick Mugisha, UNDP Economic Advisor, as the report’s coordinator.

In his keynote address, Vice President James Wani Igga said the people of South Sudan have the opportunity to collectively embark on policy and structural reforms that will set the foundation for a prosperous nation where all citizens live better and fulfilling lives.

“Fellow citizens, this report on Human Development is the first to be written for South Sudan as an independent country. The theme of the report – people, peace and prosperity – reflects what we as a people spire to. It is therefore my pleasure to forward this report to you and to all those who partner with us to ensure all South Sudanese citizens live better and fulfilling lives,” said Vice President Wani Igga.  

In his opening remarks, Mr Eugene Owusu stated that the primary objective of National Human Development Reports is to stimulate discussions with policy makers and practitioners in shaping transformative conversation, transformative partnerships and transformative actions.

“This report is about the future we want for South Sudan. It is about hope and optimism. We must lift our eyes beyond the dangers of today to the hopes of tomorrow. It is the future, not the past that demands our earnest and anxious thought,” said Eugene Owusu.

Presidential Advisor on Economic Affairs, Aggrey Tisa Sabuni described the report as a “wake up call” for the government and people of South Sudan. He appreciated the inclusion of South Sudan for the first time in the global Human Development Report 2015. “I asked UNDP to organize a human development report for South Sudan. I said then that it would be extremely useful for us. I am glad that we are now launching the first report,” said Aggrey Tisa Sabuni.

After the launch of the report, esteemed journalist, Belinda Obura led an interactive policy discussion featuring Mr. Nhial Deng Nhial, the Chief Negotiator of the Government of South Sudan, Mr. Taban Deng, the Chief Negotiator of SPLM-IO, Professor Pauline Riiak of Juba University, and Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban.

The featured panellists concurred that South Sudan has a lot of potential to become a developed country and that peace is needed to achieve progress.

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