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Jordan ranks first in poverty reduction in Mideast: UN Report

AMMAN, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) --Jordan was ranked first in poverty reduction efforts in the Middle East region, Jordanian TV quoted an UN report as saying Tuesday.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said in its Human Development Report 2004 that Jordan's human poverty index "shows that the government is spending a much larger share of its finances in addressing poverty than many other high-income Arab countries."

According to the UNDP report, Jordan was ranked at 90 among 177 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI), which is a measure of life expectancy, adult literacy and per capita income.

The report showed that Jordan this year registered its HDI to 0. 750, a small rise from 0.743 last year.

UNDP Resident Representative Christine McNab told the Jordanian TV that Jordan is making "steady" progress in meeting its human development goals, adding its investments, particularly in education, made it the best among Arab countries.

"Jordan's indicators for health and education show clearly the progress Jordan has made towards human development," said McNab.

Entitled "Cultural Liberty in Today's Diverse World", the report this year focuses on population development situation in 177 nations around the world. The annual report offers advice on how states can promote social development




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