UNDP & UN personnel with NOLA & Samoa Blind Persons Association members with the Braille-translated and regular copies of the 2020 Human Development Report, and the new Braille machine. Photo credit: UNDP Samoa

Apia, Samoa – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Samoa Multi-Country Office today joined the global launch of the 2020 Human Development Report by launching the first ever Braille-translated Report for Samoa. This has been made possible by Braille equipment procured by UNDP, and handed over to the Samoa Blind Persons Association via the Nuanua o le Alofa (NOLA) organization. 

The Braille-translated Human Development Report (HDR) means people in the blind and visually impaired community in Samoa can read the Report for the first time ever.

“We recognise that persons with disabilities should be at the centre of every effort towards human development to ensure that we give meaning to the ‘leaving no one behind’ concept. On that note, I congratulate and thank UNDP and its partners for the valuable donation that we have received. I believe that this equipment will contribute successfully and meaningfully to our efforts to ensure that persons who are blind and are visually impaired receive quality and reliable information on an equal basis with others, which is already happening with this Braille-translated version of the HDR," said Mataafa Faatino Utumapu, General Manager, NOLA. 

UNDP has maintained a good and close partnership with the Disability Community in Samoa with leading organizations such as NOLA and other Disability Groups and Subgroups like the Blind Persons Association in delivering development programmes to support Persons with Disabilities, particularly in these challenging times. 

“Our decision to partner with NOLA and the Blind Persons Association as part of our launch event for the HDR this year, is a reflection of UNDP’s commitment to drive and promote sustainable human development through an inclusive and human rights-based approach that benefits all and ensures no one is left behind. 

At the core of this institutional commitment is the full and equal participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all facets of society as that is instrumental to the achievement of human development, and of course the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda,” said Jorn Sorensen, UNDP Resident Representative. 

This the 30th Anniversary of the Report, published by UNDP since 1990, as independent and analytically and empirically grounded discussions of major development issues, trends and policies. 

This year’s Report is titled: The Next Frontier – Human Development and the Anthropocene. It argues that as people and planet enter an entirely new geological epoch, the Anthropocene or the Age of Humans, it is time to for all countries to redesign their paths to progress by fully accounting for the dangerous pressures humans put on the planet, and dismantle the gross imbalances of power and opportunity that prevent change.

The report lays out a stark choice for world leaders – take bold steps to reduce the immense pressure that is being exerted on the environment and the natural world, or humanity’s progress will stall. 

“Humans wield more power over the planet than ever before. In the wake of COVID-19, record-breaking temperatures and spiraling inequality, it is time to use that power to redefine what we mean by progress, where our carbon and consumption footprints are no longer hidden,” said Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator. 

“As this report shows, no country in the world has yet achieved very high human development without putting immense strain on the planet. But we could be the first generation to right this wrong. That is the next frontier for human development,” he said.

To learn more about the 2020 Human Development report and UNDP’s analysis on the experimental Planetary Pressures-Adjusted Human Development Index, visit http://hdr.undp.org/en/2020-report  

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