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25 July, 2002
Greece holds the 24th position (one lower than last year) this year among 173 countries, according to the UN's Human Development Report 2002, presented at a special event at the foreign correspondents association on Wednesday.
The annual report on human development publicizes evidence showing substantive progress in the level of human development in past decades in most parts of the world.
On the other hand, the report appeals for attention to be paid to tragic exceptions in eastern and central Europe, the former Soviet Union and sub-Sahara Africa where many countries currently have a lower human development indicator than they had in the early '90s.
In the cases of some countries the indicator is lower than it was in 1975. Over 60 countries from various parts of the world have a lower income per capita than what they had before 1990 and in 26 countries income is lower than the income of 1980.
In addition, this year's report warns of the danger of compromises being made in human rights and support for democracy in the framework of the struggle against terrorism and strongly opposes the belief that authoritarian regimes are better for political stability and economic growth.
Source: Athens News Agency