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.
Women on a remote Pacific island are breaking cultural barriers by taking on roles which will decide the future of their communities.
A programme supported by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Hunga island, in the Tonga archipelago, gives women and men equal decision-making powers.
Together they have agreed on a series of large-scale infrastructure projects which have changed life for the better, as Joanne Levitan reports from Hunga.