On average people are living longer, receiving more education, and accessing more goods and services than they ever before. That’s according to the “Human Development Indices and Indicators: 2018 Statistical Update” (HDI) published by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
The report covers 189 countries, including 10 Pacific Island States; the largest survey in the region to date.
The findings show that worldwide, the average HDI for women, is six percent lower than for men, due to women’s lower income and educational attainment in many countries.
In an interview for UN News, Matthew Johnson-Idan, Development Economist from UNDP Fiji, said the geography of the Pacific was unique, resulting in “some clear special challenges for this region”
He spoke to Julia Dean.