World Bulletin / News Desk
Ireland is the best country in the world because it has made the greatest contributions to humanity and the planet, according to a new survey.
The first ever Good Country Index, which ranks countries by combining 35 separate indicators from the United Nations, the World Bank and other international institutions, revealed the results.
The UK came seventh overall in the poll and war-torn Iraq, Libya and Vietnam ranked joint bottom of the survey.
The Nordic region, Ireland, was regarded to have made a collective contribution to humanity and the planet - outdoing any other part of the world.
The US came 21st in a ranking that was dragged down by poor scores on international peace and security, followed by Costa Rica which came in at 22nd place, while Chile took 24th place.
The best African nation was given to Kenya that has contributed most to the planet, at 26th place, and was the only country on the continent to break into the top 30.
To create the list, researchers considered the size of a country's economy, and then assessed its global contributions to science and technology, culture, international peace and security, world order, the planet and climate, prosperity and equality, and the health and well-being of humanity.
Respected policy adviser Simon Anholt, who designed the survey, said that the survey was not intended to “name and shame” or make moral judgments about countries, but rather to recognize the importance of contributing to the greater good in a globalized society and spark debate about what the purpose of a country is.
“Do they exist purely to serve the interests of their own politicians, businesses and citizens, or are they actively working for all of humanity and the whole planet?” he asked.
“The debate is a critical one, because if the first answer is the correct one, we're all in deep trouble.”
“The whole world is connected as never before, yet we still treat countries as if each one was located on its own private planet,” Mr.Anholt argued.
“It's time countries started thinking much harder about the international consequences of their actions; if they don't, the global challenges like climate change, poverty, economic crises, terrorism, drugs and pandemics will only get worse," he added.Last Mod: 24 Haziran 2014, 14:28