The UNDA has just published the 2006 Human Development Report. The full report is available online, with this year's issue focussing on 'the global water crisis'.
The latest Human Development Index, which analyses 2004 statistics from 175 UN member countries, is published in the report. It once again ranks the Nordic and Anglo-saxon economies highly, accounting for seven of the top ten:
Finland, for once, didn't come first - it ranked 11th. The United States moved up from tenth to eighth place. The UK was 18th, down from 15 in 2005 "because of a change in how education statistics are reported". The press release notes:
After a costly setback in human development in the first half of the 1990s, Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have recovered strongly, and progress since 1990 in East and South Asia continues to accelerate. But sub-Saharan Africa shows no sign of improving, principally because of the devastating effect of HIV/AIDS on life expectancy.