Human Development Tour continued in Kocaeli

01 Mar 2011


UN Resident Coordinator in Turkey and UNDP Resident Representative Shahid Najam, introduced the UNDP 2010 Human Development Report this time in Kocaeli.

New Horizons - The introductory meeting was held in conference hall of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Kocaeli University (KOU) on February 23.

Najam, as he touched upon global results of the reports and then Turkey’s position in the report, stated the following;

“Turkey is in a position of model, compared to other countries within its region; and is regarded as a model. In the last 15 years, there has been several progresses in Turkey in terms of both politics and private sector. Currently, Turkey is the 16th largest economy, and aims to take part within the first 10 largest economies in 2023.”

Shahid Najam denoted Turkey ranks the 83rd among 169 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI).

Najam added that considering the last 30 years, there have been several achievements of Turkey in addition to significant rise of GDP per capita, estimated life expectancy at birth and mean years of education.

After speeches, Prof. Sezer Şener Komsuoğlu, Rector of KOU, presented a plaquet to Mr. Najam.

How the introduction tour started?

The 2010 Human Development Report, entitled “The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development” was introduced, simultaneously with the world, on 4 November 2010 at Middle East Technical University (METU) within the framework of Human Development Dialogue which is a common initiative of the United Nations, World Bank and METU Social Politics Program.

UNDP Resident Representative, presented the report at Harran University in Şanlıurfa on 26 November 2010 and at Akdeniz University in Antalya on 8 December 2010.

Introductory tour of the report then continued with Adana and Kars.

The activity at conference hall of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Adana Çukurova University was held on 13 January 2011.

The Human Development Report was introduced at Kafkas University in Kars, on 17 January 2011.