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.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.