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UNDP Human Development Report shows improvement in the standard of living of Guyanese – 14th Mar 2013

The standard of living of Guyanese has improved a little from last year. That is what the UNDP is telling us in its Human Development Report for 2013. That report Titled ‘The rise of the South Human Progress in a Diverse World’ was launched at the Georgetown Club on Thursday and investment in Education and taking care of the environment, were seen as two key areas that can contribute to more robust development, according to the report, which was summarized by the Resident representative of UNDP here, Ms. Khadija Musa.

The UNDP Report puts Guyana in the grouping of countries with Medium Human Development, putting it with countries like South Africa, China and Belize. Guyana placed 118th out of a total of 186 countries, just ahead of Botswana, which stands at 119, Honduras at 120, Indonesia, Kiribati and South Africa, all tied at 121. Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett said, she welcomes the release of the report and accepted its findings on behalf of the Government of Guyana.

The report by the UNDP says that global institutions must change the way they operate adding too, that the Global system is overdue for reform. It calls for the convening of a new South Commission where developing countries like Guyana, can take the lead in suggesting new approaches to effective global governance.

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