New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

New Zealand ranks in top 10 of UNDP Human Development Index

New Zealand is in the top ten in the latest ‘Human Development Index’  released by the United Nations Development Programme, headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.

The index measures and ranks the average achievement of 187 countries in three basic dimensions of human development - life expectancy, access to education and gross national income per capita.

Clark said at the launch of the 2014 Human Development Report in Tokyo on 24 July that though every society was vulnerable to risk, some suffered less harm and recovered more quickly when adversity struck. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said “In order to build resilient societies, the concept of human security, which reaches out to every individual by protecting and empowering them, is essential.”

There are six countries ranked in the “very high human development group” from the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Republic of Korea and Japan. The top 10 countries are as follows:

1. Norway
2. Australia
3. Switzerland
4. Netherlands
5. United States
6. Germany
7. New Zealand
8. Canada
9. Singapore
10. Denmark

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