The following government reports were selected by GovSpot.com editors as meaningful or noteworthy:
A 2007 Pew Research Center report showed that in measures of personal economic satisfaction across 47 different nations, the gap between the developing world and advanced nations has narrowed. As the economies of countries in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia have grown, so has public contentment. The study also found that over the last five years, the percentage of Muslims who think suicide bombing is justified has declined dramatically.
The 2006 State of the World Population report focuses on women and international migration. Of the 191 million international migrants, 95 million are women. Most of them work behind the scenes and they send a larger portion of their earnings home than their male counterparts. This report seeks to gain recognition for the contribution of women and to promote and respect their human rights.
Human Development Report
The United Nations Development Program releases an annual report detailing the plight of people in developing countries. The Human Development Report 2007/8 explores how we can "Fight Climate Change."
About 2.8 billion people, almost half the world's population, live on less than $2 a day. Poverty has many devastating effects on its victims, including health problems, lack of education and no political representation. The World Bank released this World Development Report to publicize the problems of global poverty and recommend solutions.
A Hungry World
From 1962 to 2003, life expectancy increased by 17 years in East Asia and the Pacific, according to the State of Food and Agriculture (2006). The report, released by the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization, also states between 2000 and 2002 there were still 548 million undernourished people in the developing economies of Asia and the Pacific.
The worldwide economic downtown of recent years stalled attempts to reduce global poverty, according to the
World Development Indicators 2000, a report released by the World Bank. The study also reports on the progress of education, health and environmental goals.
Human Rights Report
The 2005 edition of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices cites progress in countries like Afghanistan and Ukraine, but violations in Burma, Iran, North Korea and China. The report, which covers 195 countries, can be browsed by region at the State Department.