UNDP: Venezuela among countries with high human development index
Chile and Argentina were the only two Latin American countries in the group with "very high" human development index in 2011
Chile (44) and Argentina (45) were the only two Latin American countries included in the list of "very high" human development index in 2011, according to the Human Development Report's annual rankings of national achievement in health, education and income, released Wednesday by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
According to the report, Norway leads the world in the 2011 Human Development Index (HDI) with an index of 0.943.
The UNDP segment devoted to countries with "high" human development index includes Uruguay (0.783), Cuba (0.776), México (0.770), Panamá (0.768), Costa Rica (0.744), Venezuela (0.735), Peru (0.725), Ecuador (0,720), Brazil (0.718), Colombia (0.710) and Belize (0.699).
Comparative data in the last five years (2006-2011) show that Cuba (+10) and Venezuela and Tanzania (+7) are the countries that have moved up higher in the HDI rank, which takes into account income, life expectancy and education level in each country, Efe pointed out.
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.