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Susan McDade, resident representative of the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Havana, congratulated Cuba on Wednesday for obtaining the 51st spot in the UN Report on Human Development during the 2007-2008 period. "Cuba invests its resources in the well-being of people and that deserves a congratulation," said McDade, who is also the resident coordinator of the UNDP on the island. During a press conference at the International Press Center in Havana, McDade told national and foreign reporters that this is the reason why Cuba has reached high levels of human development, an indicator that is based on factors such as life expectancy rate, literacy levels, elementary and secondary-school registration levels and gross domestic product, among others. She added that climate change is one of the factors that has a very negative impact on human development as droughts, floodings and storms contribute to the reinforcement of inequalities, mainly in underdeveloped nations and particularly in the small islands of the Caribbean region. The current UNDP Report was introduced in a key moment of negotiations around a multilateral accord that could go into effect after 2012, when the Kyoto Protocol - which limits the emmission of greenhouse gases by developed countries - will lose its validity. The study is linked to the struggle against climate change and included a list of 177 countries. (acn)

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