Tonga maintained an impressive trend in UNDP report

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Tonga maintained an impressive trend, according to UNDP Human Development Report

25 November 2011

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has just released its latest yearly publication on Human Development Report for 2011 this year. During a special meeting of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Cabinet Taskforce Committee, Tonga's position in the 2011 Global Report was being presented today in Nuku'alofa, by the Foreign Affairs Secretary, Mr. Mahe'uli'uli Tupouniua, on behalf of the Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lord Tu'ivakano.

First launched in 1990, the Human Development Report is an independent publication, to raise awareness about human development around the world.

Its main goal is to put people at the center of development, going beyond income to assess people's long-term well-being. This Report highlights the human development achievements and rankings for over 100 countries.

In introducing the 2011 Report, the Secretary for Foreign Affairs stated that the, "Report is important for the world right now, and is certainly important for the Pacific."

"It demonstrates the integral links between environmental sustainability and equity that are critical to expanding human freedoms for people today and in generations to come," he added.

This year, the Human Development Index (HDI) contained in the report covers a record 187 countries and territories, up from 169 in 2010, reflecting in part improved data availability for many small island states of the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Within the region, the Pacific Island countries are progressing at different paces in human development. Nine Pacific Island countries are ranked in the Report

Palau scores highest in the Pacific, followed by Tonga as the only other Pacific island country in the High Human Development category.

Between 1980 and 2011, Tonga's have maintained impressive trend.

According to the Global Findings for the Human Development Report for 2011, some key indicators for Tonga's performance:

Ranking Number = 90
Human Development Index (HDI) = 0.704
Life Expectancy (Birth) = 72.3 years
Mean years of schooling = (10.3 years)
Expected Year of Schooling (13.7 years)
Gross National Income per capita (2005) - ppp($4186)

Mr. Tupouniua said that the, "the people of Tonga should all be proud."

"We should not dwell on our achievements, but focus on the challenges facing us."

As the report points out, all of Tonga's accomplishments in human development can be drastically reversed or even wiped out if Tonga does not focus and concentrate her efforts on the challenges - namely environmental degradation and impact of climate change.

To get a copy of this report, please visit the UNDP website: or contact Milika Tuita on email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011.

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