Global sustainable development index proposed

NGOs claim world first with environmental, socio-economic, ranking of 180 countries

Two NGOs have produced what they claim is the first ever global sustainable development barometer, rating the performance of 180 countries on a combination of economic, social and environmental criteria. Launched in the run-up to next year's world sustainability summit, the index is portrayed as "the only performance scale designed to measure human and ecosystem wellbeing together without submerging one in the other".

The "Wellbeing of nations" index has been produced by the Geneva-based World conservation union (IUCN) and Canadian think-tank the International development research centre (IDRC). It combines 24 socio-economic indicators into a human wellbeing index and 51 environmental indicators into an ecosystem wellbeing index. These are averaged to produce an overall wellbeing, or sustainability score.

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