RIO DE JANEIRO, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian government complained Thursday data used in the United Nations Development Program's latest Human Development Index (HDI) report were old, and did not reflect Brazil's current situation.
Brazilian authorities said Brazil actually achieved more progress than stated in the report, which was released earlier Thursday.
"We have mixed feelings about this report. It mentions Brazil as an example to be followed but it uses out-of-date figures for the HDI," Social Development Minister Tereza Campello said.
The UNDP report shows Brazil registered a 1 percent improvement in its HDI recently and a 24 percent improvement since 1990, and the country is among the top 15 performers in this indicator, which measures a country's quality of life.
Brazilian Education Minister Aloizio Mercadante said some of the data used by the UNDP was from 2005. If the most recent figures had been used, he said, Brazil would have achieved more progress in its HDI.
The UNDP has said some countries update their statistics more often than others and are able to provide more recent figures. The use of older data ensures a fairer comparison between the countries, by using figures from the same year.