With no surprise but to my disappointment, my country of birth, Taiwan, was not studied; and at least another 12 countries are also not listed. (Note: There are currently 192 members in the UN, 182 are in the listing of the HDI rankings but Hong Kong, which was among the 182 listed, is not a separate member of the UN; Palestine, also listed among the 182, is an observer but not a member).
Number 1 in the ranking is Norway, it is not a country in the European Union. Seven of the top ten are in Europe.
Overall country ranking http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/
Country ranking by each indicator http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/indicators/
Country fact sheet http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries/alphabetical/
Yearly reports since 1990 (click the year on the left side of the link) http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr2010/
And I didn’t like this headline in the related AFP’s news report because it was pleasing a bully while some other countries had moved-up in ranking also, they didn't make the headline.
Why should Taiwan always cope with natural disasters by itself while other countries receive help? These programs should have been made available to Taiwan if it were a member of the UN. Our neighbor to the south will get aid from the UN while Taiwanese in their own country and around the globe have to donate from their own financial resources to help relieve the victims of the typhoon Morakot.
UN (place your mouse on the word “welcome” and the pop-up says…) United Nations - It’s your world! Really? Certainly this phrase does not apply to the people of Taiwan.
Let’s review the purposes of the creation of the UN.
Chapter I, Article 1 of the UN Charter:
The Purposes of the United Nations are:
1. To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;
2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;
3. To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and
4. To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.