List of sovereign states in Asia and Oceania by Human Development Index
This is a list of sovereign states in Asia and Oceania by Human Development Index as included in a United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report (released in 2013). It covers the member states of the United Nations,[nb 1] along with Hong Kong (of the People's Republic of China), and the Palestinian territories; Some UN member states are not included due to lack of data. The average HDI of regions of the World and groups of countries are also included for comparison.
The Human Development Index (HDI) is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for countries worldwide. It is a standard means of measuring well-being, especially child welfare. It is used to distinguish whether the country is a developed, a developing or an under-developed country, and also to measure the impact of economic policies on quality of life. The index was developed in 1990 by Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq and Indian economist Amartya Sen.
Due to the new methodology adopted in 2013 HD Report, its HDI figures appear lower than the HDI figures in previous reports.
Asia and Oceania
|Papua New Guinea||0.466|
|United Arab Emirates||0.818|
- The UN had 192 members in 2010: South Sudan (193rd UN member) was not yet independent from Sudan.