Human Development Report 2011

02 Nov 2011
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Document Summary

Development progress in the world’s poorest countries could be halted or even reversed by mid-century unless bold steps are taken now to slow climate change, prevent further environmental damage, and reduce deep inequalities within and among nations, according to projections in the 2011 Human Development Report.

 

Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All argues that environmental sustainability can be most fairly and effectively achieved by addressing health, education, income, and gender disparities together with the need for global action on energy production and ecosystem protection.

 

 

 

International Human Development Indicators

 

The human development data utilized in the preparation of the Human Development Index (HDI) and other composite indices featured in the Human Development Report are provided by a variety of public international sources and represent the best and most current statistics available for those indicators at the time of the preparation of this annual report. Calculations of HDI values and country rankings are the sole responsibility of the Human Development Report Office. The 2011 Human Development Report, an editorially independent publication commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme, was published in print and on line on November 2nd, 2011. Read more

 

Data Tools and Visualizations

 


Human Development Index (HDI) - 2011 Rankings

 

Very High
Human Development
  1. Norway
  2. Australia
  3. Netherlands
  4. United States
  5. New Zealand
  6. Canada
  7. Ireland
  8. Liechtenstein
  9. Germany
  10. Sweden
  11. Switzerland
  12. Japan
  13. Hong Kong, China (SAR)
  14. Iceland
  15. Korea (Republic of)
  16. Denmark
  17. Israel
  18. Belgium
  19. Austria
  20. France
  21. Slovenia
  22. Finland
  23. Spain
  24. Italy
  25. Luxembourg
  26. Singapore
  27. Czech Republic
  28. United Kingdom
  29. Greece
  30. United Arab Emirates
  31. Cyprus
  32. Andorra
  33. Brunei Darussalam
  34. Estonia
  35. Slovakia
  36. Malta
  37. Qatar
  38. Hungary
  39. Poland
  40. Lithuania
  41. Portugal
  42. Bahrain
  43. Latvia
  44. Chile
  45. Argentina
  46. Croatia
  47. Barbados
High
Human Development
  1. Uruguay
  2. Palau
  3. Romania
  4. Cuba
  5. Seychelles
  6. Bahamas
  7. Montenegro
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Saudi Arabia
  10. Mexico
  11. Panama
  12. Serbia
  13. Antigua and Barbuda
  14. Malaysia
  15. Trinidad and Tobago
  16. Kuwait
  17. Libya
  18. Belarus
  19. Russian Federation
  20. Grenada
  21. Kazakhstan
  22. Costa Rica
  23. Albania
  24. Lebanon
  25. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  26. Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  27. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  28. Georgia
  29. Ukraine
  30. Mauritius
  31. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  32. Jamaica
  33. Peru
  34. Dominica
  35. Saint Lucia
  36. Ecuador
  37. Brazil
  38. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  39. Armenia
  40. Colombia
  41. Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  42. Oman
  43. Tonga
  44. Azerbaijan
  45. Turkey
  46. Belize
  47. Tunisia
Medium
Human Development
  1. Jordan
  2. Algeria
  3. Sri Lanka
  4. Dominican Republic
  5. Samoa
  6. Fiji
  7. China
  8. Turkmenistan
  9. Thailand
  10. Suriname
  11. El Salvador
  12. Gabon
  13. Paraguay
  14. Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  15. Maldives
  16. Mongolia
  17. Moldova (Republic of)
  18. Philippines
  19. Egypt
  20. Occupied Palestinian Territory
  21. Uzbekistan
  22. Micronesia (Federated States of)
  23. Guyana
  24. Botswana
  25. Syrian Arab Republic
  26. Namibia
  27. Honduras
  28. Kiribati
  29. South Africa
  30. Indonesia
  31. Vanuatu
  32. Kyrgyzstan
  33. Tajikistan
  34. Viet Nam
  35. Nicaragua
  36. Morocco
  37. Guatemala
  38. Iraq
  39. Cape Verde
  40. India
  41. Ghana
  42. Equatorial Guinea
  43. Congo
  44. Lao People's Democratic Republic
  45. Cambodia
  46. Swaziland
  47. Bhutan
Low
Human Development
  1. Solomon Islands
  2. Kenya
  3. São Tomé and Príncipe
  4. Pakistan
  5. Bangladesh
  6. Timor-Leste
  7. Angola
  8. Myanmar
  9. Cameroon
  10. Madagascar
  11. Tanzania (United Republic of)
  12. Papua New Guinea
  13. Yemen
  14. Senegal
  15. Nigeria
  16. Nepal
  17. Haiti
  18. Mauritania
  19. Lesotho
  20. Uganda
  21. Togo
  22. Comoros
  23. Zambia
  24. Djibouti
  25. Rwanda
  26. Benin
  27. Gambia
  28. Sudan
  29. Côte d'Ivoire
  30. Malawi
  31. Afghanistan
  32. Zimbabwe
  33. Ethiopia
  34. Mali
  35. Guinea-Bissau
  36. Eritrea
  37. Guinea
  38. Central African Republic
  39. Sierra Leone
  40. Burkina Faso
  41. Liberia
  42. Chad
  43. Mozambique
  44. Burundi
  45. Niger
  46. Congo (Democratic Republic of the)

Document Highlights

  • Reproductive rights can further reduce environmental pressures by slowing global demographic growth, with the world population now projected to rise from 7 billion today to 9.3 billion within 40 years.
  • Some 120 national constitutions guarantee environmental protections, but in many countries there is little enforcement of these provisions, the Report says.
  • India's Rural Employment Guarantee Act cost about 0.5 percent of GDP in 2009 and benefited 45 million households—one-tenth of the labour force; Brazil’s Bolsa Familia and Mexico’s Oportunidades programmes cost about 0.4 percent of GDP and provide safety nets for about one-fifth of their populations.
Download the 2011 HDR
  • Complete Report English | Français | Español
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  • Summary English
  • Foreword, Acknowledgments and Contents English
  • Overview English
  • Chapter 1 - Why sustainability and equity? English
  • Chapter 2 - Patterns and trends in human development, equity and environmental indicators English
  • Chapter 3 - Tracing the effects—understanding the relations English
  • Chapter 4 - Positive synergies—winning strategies for the environment, equity and human development English
  • Chapter 5 - Rising to the policy challenges English
  • Human Development Statistical Tables English