Laos’ human development improves slightly, remains at 137 out of 189 countries, territories

The Human Development Report ranks countries based on the Human Development Index (HDI) which measures average achievement on three basic aspects of human development, life expectancy, education, and per capita income.

Between 1990 and 2019, the Lao PDR’s HDI value increased from 0.405 to 0.613, an increase of 51.4 per cent, positioning it at 137 out of 189 countries and territories, according to the Human Development Report (HDR) 2020 released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday, 23 December 2020 in Vientiane.

The  30th anniversary edition of the HDR: “The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene” was officially launched in Laos by UNDP in cooperation with the National University of Laos following the global launch on Dec 15, 2020. The new report argues that for the first time in history, we are living in the Anthropocene — or The Age of Humans, instead of the planet shaping humans, humans are shaping the planet.

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