Wien, 9. April 2013 Press release

Europe – Presentation of “Human Development Report 2013” in the Foreign Ministry

Secretary General for Foreign Affairs Johannes Kyrle welcomes Austria’s improved ranking

Vienna, 9 April 2013 – On 9 April 2013, the 2013 Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was presented on a European level by Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and UNDP Associate Administrator, Rebeca Grynspan, at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. An essential contribution to the report was also made by Austrian university professor Dr. Wolfgang Lutz from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Academy of Science.

The UNDP report, drawn up by independent experts and bearing the title “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World“, notes an economic upswing in the developing countries, resulting in a worldwide reduction of poverty and a measurable expansion of the middle class in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

The top-ranking nations in the “Human Development Index“ (HDI) 2013 are  Norway, Australia and the United States, while the Democratic Republic of Congo, torn apart by inner conflicts, and draught-stricken Niger have the worst national results worldwide in terms of health standards, education and income. Austria was ranked at 18th place, an improved result compared with last year’s HDI, a step forward that was welcomed by Secretary General Kyrle.

The UNDP Report 2013 should also be used as a basis for assessing the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and for drawing up the Post-2015 Agenda, Secretary General Kyrle stated.

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