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02.25.2013

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Juliette

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"The rise of the South" the 2013 UNDP report!

The Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Helen Clark of UNDP (United Nations development program) will launch in Mexico City March 14, 2013 the new Human Development Report, The Rise of the South: human progress in a diverse world.

The UNDP report has measured each year for 21 years the economic and social progress countries. It has an updated Human Development Index (HDI), as well as three additional composite indices:
- The Inequality-adjusted HDI
- The gender inequality index (GII)
- The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)

The new report is more optimistic than expected. It shows a deep global change. 40 nations - including emergent countries such as China, India and Brazil - are lifting their people out of poverty.

The Rise of the South is the most optimistic report in years. He also challenged the domination of the North (Europe, North America and Japan). It was clear for some time that the world's economic axis moved. But this is the first time that the standard of living improved in dozens of countries once considered backward.

Surprisingly, there was no common way. China's progress, which overtook Japan as the second largest economy, is based on its economic growth, while Brazil has deliberately put in place programs to fight against poverty in order to ensure an equitable sharing of the benefists of economic growth. Turkey, Thailand, South Africa, Mexico, Indonesia and many other developing countries have also become key players on the world stage, providing important lessons for policy and partnerships with the South.

Report 2013 identifies institutional reforms that reflect the new reality of an emerging South and could contribute to human progress in the larger world for many decades. It contains special contributions on the issue from the Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, President of the Japan International Cooperation Akihiko Tanaka of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Turkish Development Minister Cevdet Yilmaz, among others.

Unfortunately, 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are excluded from this progress. In Asia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma) and Yemen are backwards.

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