Friday, 17 June 2011

The week in review

It has been another busy week in the world of progress and we are delighted to report on the highlights from the week that was. Be sure to visit the Wikiprogress Community Portal for all news articles and blog posts on progress.

On data
The 2010 Human Development Report has been updated with new data that was previously unavailable for Cuba, Palau and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Both Cuba and Palau have been ranked in the group of high human development, with Cuba ranking 53rd on the 2010 HDI and Palau ranking 54th. The Occupied Palestinian Territory ranked 94th and is placed in the medium development group.
See more on the Human Development Report

On progress
This article highlights the work being done by organisations around the world to develop indicators that look beyond GDP in measuring national well-being. The author profiles key progress thinker and former Chief Statistician of the OECD, Enrico Giovannini, and his role in the Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies.

On child well-being
Asha Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General, spoke at the United Nations General Assembly’s Development Dialogue this week on the importance of improving the health of women and children in progressing towards the Millennium Development Goals.
See more on child well-being

On gender equality 
A major Swiss union held a national day of action this week to increase the minimum wage for women, which has not changed since the 1980s. Switzerland has one of the highest costs of living in the world; the union is seeking a minimum wage of $4000 per month for all workers.

On happiness
Are Happy Countries All Alike? (New York Times Blog 14.06.2011)
The Better Life Initiative launched by the OECD last month has received a lot of media attention. This article looks at the similarities between countries with high levels of life satisfaction and explains how Your Better Life Index works.
See more on happiness

In the Spotlight
The United Nations General Assembly’s Development Dialogue held on Tuesday addressed the progress made toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

That’s all from us this week. We hope to see you again next week for another round up of highlights from the week that was.

Yours in progress,
Philippa Lysaght

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