UAE has been ranked the thirtieth among 187 countries, according to the index of human development world report 2011 released by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
UNDP Human Development Report 2011 is a continuation for the past years reports. However, the current one has focused on sustainable development and human equality; the two points that reflect the interest of the governments all over the world for achieving the highest rates of sustainable development according to equitable rights and responsibilities.
Sultan bin Saeed Al-Mansoori, Minister of Economy, said that this exceptional ceremony confirmed the international place of the UAE place HD, assuring the continues progress in the state and achievements in HD conference report. He cited that it has been ranked in 33rd after it was in 32 in 2010.
The minister confirmed the resolve of the wise leadership to use the oil resources revenues to activate the HD and total development and focus on developing the state’s infrastructure of schools, hospitals , ports and airports.
He referred to the state’s care for education, considering it as gate to innovation and preparation of generations to achieve the development goals.
The governmental and private schools are now 1400. They were 74 schools in 1971. Regarding the Higher Education, there was one University; UAE University in Al Ain. There are more than 50 higher educational institutions, among them well known international Universities.
In Health services, the minister said that UAE provides good healthcare services that cover all the populated areas. There are 40 hospitals and more than 115 medical care centers. Emirati women also became an essential partner in society development.
Economically, GDP increased from 6.5b dirhams in 1971 to more than one trillion dirhams in 2010, raising the per capita income to 132, 000 Dirhams.
The industrial sector has greatly improved and contributed 16.4 per cent in 2010. He expressed hope of the UAE would build competitive knowledge economy according to 2021 vision.
Al Mansouri thanked UNDP, Emirates Competitiveness Council, Economic Development of AD and Emirates Centre for Strategic Research and Studies for efforts in organising this event.
Mohammed Omar Abdullah, the undersecretary of Department of Economic Development, Abu-Dhabi, said that such occasion which has become an annual global event for various governments, organisations, authorities and institutions.
He added that this year’s report, under the title of “Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All” , asserts the close link between sustainability and social fairness and clarifies that human development cannot be realised without realising the principle of sustainability; based on fairness and empowerment. The report takes all sides accountable jointly towards deprived categories all over the world, either now or in the future.
He said that UAE has early realised the importance of providing equitable opportunities for all citizens, giving them the same rights and responsibility sharing; as this has great impact on sustainable development and on building a prosperous future for the coming generation.