Jerusalem, 9 July 2003—The Occupied Palestinian Territories was included for the first time in the United Nations Development Programme’s annual Human Development Report, which was released in Dublin, Ireland Tuesday and will be launched formally Thursday at the African Union summit in Maputo, Mozambique.
Featured annually in UNDP's Human Development Report is the Human Development Index (HDI), which is a summary composite index of 175 countries that measures a country’s average achievements in three basic aspects of human development: longevity, knowledge, and a decent standard of living. Longevity is measured by life expectancy at birth; knowledge is measured by a combination of the adult literacy rate and the combined primary, secondary, and tertiary gross enrolment ratio; and standard of living by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita, based on purchasing power parity (PPP US$).
The Occupied Palestinian Territories ranked 98th in UNDP’s Human Development Index. Sufficient data in all categories for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip was not available during the preparation of previous reports.
Statistics in the new HDI table are based on data from 2001, the most recent data available from reliable international sources for all countries surveyed at the time of the production of the Report. In the case of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the data therefore does not reflect the severe economic deterioration in the West Bank and Gaza in 2002 and 2003, as documented by UN agencies, the World Bank and other sources.
For more information on the Human Development Index, visit: http://www.undp.org/hdr2003/faq.html#27.
Key Development Indicators in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (from 2003 Human Development Report)
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