Un considers good health to be an important measure

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UN considers good health to be an important measure of development: • Main health indicator contribution to the HDI is life expectancy at birth. – Average life expectancies of a baby » Global average: 70 years » Developed country: 80 years » Developing country: 68 years • Access to Knowledge UN considers years of schooling to be the most critical measure of the ability of an individual to gain access to knowledge needed for development.
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• Quantity of Schooling – Average Years of schooling » Global: 7 years » Developing: 6 years » Developed: 11 years – Expected years of schooling » Developed: 16 years » Developing: 11 years Access to Knowledge cont’d: • Quality of Schooling – Pupil/teacher ratio » Global: 24 (primary school) » Developing: 26 (primary school) » Developed: 14 (primary school) – Literacy rate » Developed: >99% » Developing: 70-90% • Gender Inequality Measures – UN created the Gender Inequality Index (GII) that is based on multiple metrics. • Empowerment – Defined: Ability of women to achieve improvements in status. » Percentage of seats held by women in the national legislature. » Percentage of women who have completed high school.
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