Every year, the UNDP publishes a global Human Development study measuring a country’s progress deriving statistics entirely by its population, taking a number of factors into account varying from life expectancy at birth, expected years of schooling and gross national income per capita. The statistics help compare inequalities among countries and regions’ ranked into four tiers of human development.
Per this year’s report, ”The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene”, the UAE boasts a life expectancy of 78 years, expected schooling years of 14.3 years, and a GDP is US$67,462, falling in line with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals that include Goal 3: “Ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages,” Goal 4: “Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all,” and Goal 8: “Reduce inequality within and among countries.”
With this year’s results, the UAE scored 0.890 points, up from last year’s total by 0.024 points. The regional ranking follows with Saudi Arabia scoring 0.854, Bahrain with a score of 0.852, Qatar scoring 0.848, Oman with 0.813, Kuwait’s score of 0.806 and Yemen scoring 0.4770.
It’s worth mentioning an overwhelming majority of Middle East states are categorized under “Very high human development,” excluding Yemen categorized under “low human development.”
Norway, Ireland, Switzerland and Hong Kong topped the Human Development Report this year, with scores of 0.957, 0.955, 0.955 and 0.949 respectively. You can check out the report here.
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