2010-11-05 14:34:46

UN report: World is healthier and richer

(November 5, 2010) People around the globe are healthier, richer and better educated than ever before, with most developing countries registering huge gains over the last 40 years, according to a United Nations rating released on Thursday. Asia was the region that progressed fastest in terms of human development since 1970, with China and Indonesia leading the way. Some Arab countries, especially Oman, and many Latin American nations showed marked progress as well, it said. In its annual report on the quality of life worldwide, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said such strides often go unnoticed because development traditionally has been measured only by income. Its study looked at education and health as well. Among the 169 nations whose development was surveyed, Norway came in first on the annual Human Development Index and Zimbabwe was listed last. The United States was fourth. UNDP Administrator Helen Clark noted in the report's introduction that countries can do much to improve the quality of people's lives, even when economic growth is modest. There were five Asian countries on the top 10 list of countries showing the most improvement: China (No. 2), Nepal (No. 3), Indonesia (No. 4), Laos (No. 6) and South Korea (No. 8). Oman was No. 1. Overall, the UNDP placed Norway, Australia and New Zealand at the top and Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe at the bottom, as Western countries again led the list while sub-Saharan African nations trailed.

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