Australia has been ranked to be the second best country in the world for human development, according to a report by the United Nations.
The latest Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme, found that Australia excelled in the areas of life expectancy, expected years of schooling and gross national income per capita.
Only Norway received a higher Human Development Index ranking.
The report also found that globally two billion people had been lifted out of “low human development” in the last 25 years, and that focus was now needed to galvanise the progress made.
The report found that 830 million people were classified as working poor, living on under $2 a day. Over 200 million people, including 74 million youth, were unemployed, while 21 million people were currently in forced labour.
The report also highlighted gender inequalities around the world. While women carry out 52 per cent of all global work, glaring inequalities in the distribution of work remain. Women were also less likely to be paid for their work than men, with three out of every four hours of unpaid work carried out by women.
The full report can be downloaded here.