/EINPresswire.com/ Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad address at the Government Media Center

Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning to all of you. It is indeed a pleasure for me to take part in the launching of the Human Development Report OPT for 2009/2010. I extend my sincere appreciation to the authors of this report and all agencies and individuals who provided assistance and the information necessary to complete the report. It is important to applaud the diligent and methodical way in which you actually assessed the situation. By utilizing surveys and other methods, you were able to go directly to the people on the subject matter of this report that fundamentally addresses their own security or more generally as, I choose to call it, the human condition.

I believe the report itself makes two important conceptual contributions. One is by adopting a holistic definition of the term “Human Security” to refer to freedom from fear, freedom from want and freedom to live in dignity. This is in a way allows one to reflect upon the human condition in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. It allows one to examine security not only in its narrow definition, but more generally in terms of how people feel about themselves, about their situation, future prospects, and their state of mind. Clearly these factors have been and continue to be affected by the practices of the occupation regime that has been with us since 1967. Hence, I believe one key contribution that the report makes is in the way it chooses to define security in an inclusive manner.

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