by Vienna Ma
CANBERRA, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) Human Development Report 2010 was released in Canberra of Australia on Monday.
The report, studying the past 20 years of development, found that while many people are healthier, more educated and have greater access to goods and services nowadays compared with two decades ago, inequality and unsustainable production and consumption practices have increased.
In 2010, Australia recorded an human development index (HDI) rank of two out of 169 countries, beaten only by Norway and one ahead of New Zealand.
The HDI takes into account health, education and income levels and puts them on a scale of 0 (poor) to 1 (excellent).
Overseas Development Institute of Australia research fellow, Kate Higgins welcomed the document.
"In this day and age ... we are all forced to be thinking and solving these critical issues like climate change, demographic shifts, population growth," she told Australia Associated Press on Monday. "I think that it is very valuable for us to look back and identify some trends that look at the big picture."