Human Development Report 2011

According to the UN Development Program (UNDP) index, within Central America Panama comes first at no. 58 followed by Costa Rica (69), El Salvador (105), Honduras (121), Nicaragua (129) and Guatemala at no. 131.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

While Panama's ranking has moved up one spot since the last time the UNDP Human Development Index (HDI) was published, Costa Rica and Honduras have slipped back a place.

The 2011 Human Development Report recommends that the alarming sustainability and equality challenges facing the global community must be tackled jointly. It also identifies the global, regional and national it believes necessary for these challenges to be overcome.

According to the report, only actions at both a national and international level will enable the recent improvements in the human development of poor countries to be maintained.



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