Portugal appears in 22nd place among 180 countries in the world with regard to the healthy development of children and adolescents, in a “ranking” built by the United Nations and by the scientific magazine “The Lancet”.
The World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and “The Lancet” have created a “ranking” that aims to reflect the state of child health and well-being, which measures the fundamental conditions for children to thrive.
In this “ranking”, Portugal appears in 22nd place, in a table led by Norway, South Korea and the Netherlands. France, Ireland, Denmark, Japan, Belgium, Iceland, United Kingdom and Luxembourg follow.
Behind Portugal were countries like Italy, Israel, Poland or New Zealand.
Portugal obtained a score of 0.90 in the level that combines the possibility of survival and prosperity, when the maximum score is 1. However, the maximum awarded was 0.95, points achieved by only five countries.
“The ultimate goal of the sustainable development goals is to ensure that all children are able to develop and lead happy and meaningful lives, now and in the future,” recalls the report released on Tuesday.
The document also publishes an index of sustainability for the various countries, which takes into account environmental criteria, such as carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to climate change.
Portugal appears in this table in the 129th place, alongside several European countries. In fact, in terms of polluting emissions, the poorest countries are the ones with the best indicators, with Burundi, Chad and Somalia in the first place.
The report highlights that none of the 180 countries analyzed performs well on the three indicators: healthy development for children, sustainability and equity.