BEIJING — China joined the group of countries with a high level of human development, according to a report released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Aug 22.
The China National Human Development Report 2016, which was initiated two years ago, shows that of the 47 countries classified as having a low level of human development in 1990, China is the only one that has now achieved a high level.
China’s Human Development Index (HDI) reached 0.727 in 2014, ranking 90th among 188 countries and regions, the report said.
The report, which measures social and economic development since the HDI was adopted by the UNDP in 1990, is based upon three indicators: income, health and education.
According to the report, the contribution of China’s economic growth to its HDI growth was 56.3 percent, with that proportion reaching a peak of 65.5 during the 1980s.
The report also attributes China’s achievement to social policy including a number of measures, principally targeted poverty reduction.
The report was jointly compiled by the UNDP and the Development Research Center of the State Council of China.