Human development tour ends with Erzurum

01 Jun 2012

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UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Shahid Najam has toured of five universities in Turkey, starting in Istanbul and ending in Erzurum, to introduce the Human Development Report.

New Horizons - UNDP’s 2011 Human Development Report was first introduced in Istanbul Bilgi University on November 2, 2011, the same day as the rest of the world.

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Shahid Najam, Mehment Altan from Istanbul University and Asaf Savaş Akat from Istanbul Bilgi University participated in the introductory meeting in Istanbul Bilgi University moderated by Özlem Gürses.

After the meeting in Istanbul, UNDP Resident Representative for Turkey, Shahid Najam, introduced the 2011 Human Development Report, entitled “Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,” in Mersin on February 9, and in Izmir University of Economics on March 1st.

Following the introduction and presentation in Mersin, Assoc. Prof. Süleyman Değirmen shared his opinions and comments on the content and method of the report. The introductory meeting was moderated by Assoc. Prof. Serdar Ulaş Bayraktar from Mersin University.

In Izmir, Prof. Dr. Turhan Subaşat was one of the discussants at the meeting which was moderated by Prof. Dr. Oğuz Esen from Izmir University of Economics.

The tour proceeded with visits to Çanakkale and Erzurum.

Çanakkale and Erzurum following Mersin and İzmir

At the meeting in Çanakkale on March 16, Asst. Prof. Yavuz Yıldırım and Asst. Prof. Sabri Sami Tan shared their opinions and comments on the content and method of the report.

The introductory meeting was moderated by Prof. Dr. İbrahim Kaya from Çanakkale 18 Mart University.

In Erzurum, Prof. Dr. Fahri Yavuz and Prof. Dr. Faris Karahan shared their opinions and comments on the content and method of the report, following the presentation by UNDP representative, Shahid Najam.

The meeting in Erzurum, held on May 24, was moderated by Prof. Dr. Erol Çakmak from Atatürk University.

According to the 2011 Human Development Index (HDI), Turkey ranks 92nd among 187 countries with a value of 0.699, while it ranks 77th among 146 countries with a value of 0.443 according to the Gender Inequality Index. The report includes other indices such as the Inequality-adjusted HDI and the Multidimensional Poverty Index.