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Helen Clark is at it again!

Posted by te2ataria on December 18, 2015

Submitted by a reader

New Zealand ranks as the world’s 9th best country in UN-doctored-report

New Zealand’s ranking as the nicest country in the world to live has slipped [probably to dampen suspicions of institutional corruption within the U.N. ] to ninth position, equal with Canada and behind the United States.  However, the sheepland still remains in the top 10, by hook or by Helen Clark.

The annual Human Development Index (HDI), released by the Helen Clark-led UN Development Programme this week, ranks 188 countries according to life expectancy, education and income or standard of living (See below).

[Interestingly, the report follows a survey that named New Zealand as the world’s most ignorant developed nation, shortly after the country was named  as “third most creative country in the world.”]

Top 10 HDI Countries in 2014:

1. Norway
2. Australia
3. Switzerland
4. Denmark
5. Netherlands
6. Ireland, Germany
8. United States
9. Canada, New Zealand

The Clark Factor

Back in 2008 and 2009, New Zealand was languishing in 20th place, but that suddenly changed in 2010 after ex-NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark took over (March 2009) as the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, and changed the calculation methods.

How Reliable is the HDI?

Norway is the nicest country in the world to live, for the 12th year in a row, according to the HDI ranking. However, it has the “the second-highest rate of deaths by drug overdose in Europe – 70 per million, compared to a European average of only 16 per million. Only Estonia has a higher rate, and that is dropping,” said a report.

Although New Zealand ranks 9 by HDI, the country is 32 by Gross National Income per capita and 32nd on the gender inequality index, said a report.

Further, New Zealand has one of the highest, if not the highest, teen suicide rates among OECD countries.

And the ranking follows a New Zealand Children Commissioner’s report suggesting that poverty in New Zealand is far worse now than it was in the 1980s, a report said.

“In comparison, Australia and Ireland are ranked at 19 and 21 respectively on this index.”

And the United States? Every year some 32,514 people including 2,677 children die from gun violence. And it takes just an email to paralyze a major city the size of Los Angeles with 14 million inhabitants.

The Human Development Index (HDI) – Wikipedia:

—The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and income per capita indicators, which are used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. A country scores higher HDI when the life expectancy at birth is longer, the education period is longer, and the income per capita is higher. The HDI was developed by Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq, is anchored in the Indian Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s work on human capabilities, often framed in terms of whether people are able to “be” and “do” desirable things in their life, and was published by the United Nations Development Programme [headed by Helen Clark].—

  •  Isn’t it time to audit Ms. Clark’s activities and hold her accountable for the wanton waste of public funds?

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