Dili, May 27, 2024 – President José Ramos-Horta delivered an impassioned address today at the unveiling of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) flagship 2024 Regional Human Development Report for Asia and the Pacific. Titled “Making Our Future: New Directions for Human Development in Asia and the Pacific”, the report charts innovative paths to accelerate progress across the region.

In a powerful keynote speech at the Museum of Resistance in Dili, the President urged wealthy nations to increase foreign aid to 1% of GDP and cancel debts of developing countries. With visible emotion, he underscored access to clean water as a fundamental human right critical for advancing human development.

Bold New Vision for Human Progress The report, presented by UNDP officials alongside Minister of Justice Sérgio Hornai and civil society leaders, outlines groundbreaking proposals to:

  • Mainstream human development priorities across all policies
  • Enhance human security against emerging threats
  • Safeguard the interests of future generations
  • Recalibrate growth models for upward mobility and economic inclusion

While recognizing the Asia-Pacific’s pioneering role, the report warns that inequalities, environmental pressures, and disruptions risk derailing progress if left unaddressed.

By negotiating strategic solutions, the report argues, countries can reinvigorate an “upward spiral” of prosperity and human security for all.

The full 2024 Regional Human Development Report is available on the UNDP website: https://tinyurl.com/2vyywpp7