2013 Human Development Report launched in Mexico

15 Mar 2013

The 2013 Human Development Report was launched on 14 March in Mexico City.

New Horizons - The report, titled "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World", was presented by President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

The 2013 Human Development Report identifies more than 40 developing countries, including Turkey, with human development gains that significantly outpaced global norms in recent decades.

The Rise of the South and Human Development

“Never in the history have the living conditions and prospects of so many people changed so dramatically and so fast” The 2013 Report says. “The South as a whole is driving global economic growth and societal change for the first time in centuries.”

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark states in the foreword of the Report that “The 2013 Report makes a significant contribution to development thinking by describing specific drivers of development transformation and by suggesting future policy priorities that could help sustain such momentum.”

Norway at top, Niger last

Norway, Australia and the United States lead the rankings of 187 countries and territories in the latest Human Development Index (HDI), while conflict-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo and drought-stricken Niger have the lowest scores in the HDI’s measurement of national achievement in health, education and income.

Turkey in 2013 Human Development Report

Turkish Minister of Development Cevdet Yılmaz writes in the report how Turkey strengthened health, education and social support programs as a strategy to reduce poverty.

Turkey’s HDI value for 2012 was calculated as 0.722 in the report —in the high human development category—positioning the country at 90 out of 187 countries and territories.