The Overall Level Of Happiness in Turkey Increased by %4.7

In 2015, 56.6 percent of individuals said they were happy, which later increased to 61.3 percent in 2016. According to TÜİK’s Life Satisfaction Survey, the percentage of those who said they were unhappy with their lives in 2015 stood at 11.4 percent, which later decreased to 10.4 in 2016.


Women Are Merrier Than Men

While the level of happiness was marked 60.2 percent for females in 2015, the percentage increased to 64.5 percent in 2016. The level of happiness for males increased to 58.1 percent from 52.9 percent. When analyzed by age groups, the highest level of happiness was seen among those aged between 18 and 24, with 65.1 percent, while the lowest level of happiness was among those aged between 35 and 44 with 58.2 percent in 2016.


The Less Educated Are Content With Their Lives

According to TÜİK, school dropouts were revealed to have higher levels of happiness, with 63.5 percent of them reporting they were content, followed by primary school graduates with 62.9 percent, primary education or junior high school graduates with 61.4 percent, higher education graduates with 60.2 percent and high school and equivalent graduates with 57.8 percent, respectively.


When analyzed by gender, the survey noted that married females, who were 68.3 percent of the share, were happier than married males, with 60.8 percent. It gathered that married individuals were happier than unmarried individuals. While 64.7 percent of married individuals were happy, the share was 53.5 percent for unmarried ones in 2016.


Family Is The Center of Happiness

The statistics showed that families were a determining source of happiness for individuals. The percentage of individuals who mentioned that their families made them the happiest was 70.2 percent, while those with children where at 15.1 percent, spouse with 4.7 percent, parents with 3.6 percent, themselves with 2.7 percent, grandchildren with 1.9 percent and others with 1.7 percent.

Health was another factor that determined the happiness of individuals. While the percentage of individuals who mentioned that their health made them happiest was 72.1 percent, love was determinant of happiness with 14.6 percent, success with 7 percent, money with 3.2 percent, work with 2.3 percent and other values with 0.8 percent, respectively.


Transportation Is By Far The Best of Services

According to TÜİK, the level of satisfaction from public services in general had increased. When the overall satisfaction level of individuals was examined in more detail, it was observed that the highest increase occurred in the services of the Social Security Institution with 9.2 percentage points in 2016, according to the results. The highest satisfaction level was recorded in transportation services with 78.4 percent, followed with public security services with 75.7 percent, health services with 75.4 percent, Social Security Institution services with 67.9 percent, education services with 65.1 percent and judicial services with 57.9 percent, respectively, in 2016.


%76,8 Is Hopeful About Their Own Future

In addition, the survey said 76.8 percent of the individuals were hopeful about their own future. The percentage of individuals who were hopeful about their own futures was 74.4 percent in 2015, while the percentage increased to 76.8 percent in 2016. The percentage of females who said they were hopeful about their own futures was 74 percent in 2015, increasing to 76.7 percent in 2016. While the amount of males who were hopeful about their own futures was 74.7 percent in 2015, the number increased to 77 percent in 2016.

Turkey’s unemployment rate rose to 12.1

Unemployment rate in Turkey rose to 12.1 percent in November 2016, marking the highest such rate since March 2010, official TÜİK data showed on Feb. 15.

The number of unemployed persons aged 15 years and above rose to 3.7 million in November 2016, 590,000 more than the same period of the previous year, pushing the unemployment rate to 12.1 percent with a 1.6 percentage point increase, according to Turkish Statistics Institute (TÜİK) data.

While the youth unemployment rate, including persons aged 15-24, was 22.6 percent with a 3.5 percentage point increase, the unemployment rate for persons aged 15-64 was 12.3 percent with a 1.6 percentage point increase. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was also announced at 11.8 percent with a 0.1 percentage point increase. The number of employed people was 27.07 million in November 2016, up 391,000 from a year earlier. The labor force participation rate (LFPR) was 52.1 percent, up 0.9 percentage point or 980,000.

According to analysts, the rise in the participation to the labor force had an impact pushing up the unemployment rate, noting that a declining trend in the jobless rate was not expected in the short term.

According to TÜİK data, the number of agricultural employment decreased 101,000 persons while the number of non-agricultural employment increased 491,000 persons in this period. According to the distribution of employment by sector; some 18.7 percent was employed in agriculture, 19.6 percent was in industry, 7.4 percent was in construction and 54.2 percent was in services. Employment in agriculture decreased by 0.6 percentage point, industry decreased by 0.5 percentage point and construction decreased by 0.1 percentage point while  services increased by 1.1 percentage point.

Turkey’s Population’s Increased Over One Million Compared To Last Year according to TUIK

Turkey’s population saw an increase of over one million compared to last year, reaching 79,814,871 people, the Turkish Statistics Institute announced on Jan. 31.

According to 2016 results from the records of Address Based Population Registration System, males made up 50.2 percent of the total population and females made up 49.8 percent.

The annual population growth rate increased to 13.5 per 1,000 in 2016 from 13.4 per 1,000 in 2015.

The proportion of those who are residing in provincial and district centers also increased to 92.3 percent in 2016 from 92.1 percent, while the proportion of the population living in small towns and villages was just 7.7 percent, according to the results.

The most populated province in the country was Istanbul with 14,804,116 inhabitants, making up 18.5 percent of Turkey’s population.

Istanbul was followed by the capital Ankara with 5,346,518 inhabitants, the Aegean province of İzmir with 4,223,545 inhabitants, the northwestern province of Bursa with 2,901,396 inhabitants, and the southern resort province of Antalya with 2,328,555 inhabitants.

The least populated province of the country was the eastern province of Tunceli with 82,193 inhabitants.
The median age of Turkey’s population increased to 31.4 in 2016 from 31 in 2015. The median age was 30.8 for males and 32 for females.

Provinces with the highest median ages were Sinop with 39.6, Balıkesir with 39.1, and Edirne with 38.8 respectively. Provinces with the lowest median ages were Şanlıurfa and Şırnak with 19.5, Ağrı with 20.5, Siirt with 20.8.

According to the TÜİK figures, the proportion of the population in the 15-64 working age group increased by 1.6 percent, becoming 68 percent in 2016. The proportion of children aged between 0 and 14 dropped to 23.7 percent and the proportion of the population aged 65 and over increased to 8.3 percent.

The population density, which is the number of people per square kilometer, increased by two persons compared to 2015, reaching to 104 in 2016. The province with the highest number of people per square kilometer was Istanbul with 2,849 people, followed by Kocaeli with 507, İzmir with 352, and Gaziantep with 290.

Tunceli had the smallest population density with 11 people per square kilometer, followed by Konya with 56 and Yalova with 285.

UNDP documentary “Thirty Million” Gives Voice to Millions Under Threat

A UNDP-supported documentary was recently released on the threat sea-level rise poses to 30 million Bangladeshis.

South Asia country of Bangladesh is predicted to lose 17 percent of its land by the end of the century if global sea levels rise by one meter.

That has the potential to displace 30 million Bangladeshis.

The documentary, “Thirty Million”, was co-directed by British climate scientist Dr. Daniel Price – who last year cycled from New Zealand to Paris as part of the Pole to Paris campaign – and New Zealand TV journalist Adrien Taylor. The film, financed by UNDP with support from the Least Developed Country Fund of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), was launched by high ranking officials from UNDP, GEF and Bangladesh at an event in the UN Secretariat in New York City.

Last but not least, in order to raise awareness to this issue, UNDP and partners will be carrying the call for increased action through to COP22 in Marrakesh, and work with partners to translate the Paris Agreement into tangible, concrete results.


Final Countdown for World Humanitarian Summit


Less than a week to The First World Humanitarian Summit… WHS will be held 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul, bringing together governments, humanitarian organizations, people affected by humanitarian crises, and new partners to propose solutions to our most pressing challenges and set an agenda to keep humanitarian action fit for the future.

Turkish Sports Club Galatasaray joins UNDP to End Poverty by 2030

UNDP (The UN Development Programme) signed an agreement with Turkey’s Galatasaray Sports Club to generate additional momentum around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to end poverty by 2030.

In 2015, the world adopted the 17 global goals to end poverty and hunger, empower women and girls, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new global development agenda containing specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

“Sports can unleash an incredible amount of positive energy for achieving great causes,” said Cihan Sultanoğlu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) at the signing ceremony. “With support from Galatasaray, the world’s anti-poverty efforts will get an enormous boost,” she added.

“We are proud the club’s reputation as a world-class football team, as an education institution, and as an international sports brand can help tell the world that ending poverty is possible,” said Dursun Özbek, the President of Galatasaray. “This is our chance to get people involved and make a global impact.”

At the signing ceremony, UNDP and Galatasaray also unveiled a public service announcement in which four players – captain Selçuk İnan of Turkey, goalkeeper Fernando Muslera of Uruguay, Aurélien Chedjou of Cameroon, and the Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder — are seen kicking the ball and urging people to “leave no one behind” in four languages.

UNDP and Galatasaray will raise funds for a diversity of programs to tackle poverty, inequalities and exclusion across the world by organizing football matches and campaigns.

Galatasaray won the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 2000, becoming the first and only Turkish football team to win a European trophy. The club’s logo is adorned with four stars, representing 20 victories in the Super League. Based in Istanbul, it also operates a large network of schools and sports facilities. The club has a tradition of embracing social causes in Turkey, having, for instance, set up aid campaigns for victims of a coal-mining disaster and flood-affected communities in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

UNDP has been using football to highlight important global issues, sponsoring an annual Match Against Poverty under the leadership of football legends Zinédine Zidane of France and Ronaldo of Brazil since 2003. The two players are UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors.

World’s third largest economy India Ranks #130 on the Human Development Index

With a population of 1.2 billion, India is the largest democracy in the world according to a survey by Forbes magazine, coming after the United States and China. India has also the most billionaires in the world. According to the results of “World Economic Outlook Database”, prepared by the IMF on October 6 2015, India is the world’s third largest economy ($ 8,027 trillion).  Does this make India rich? Until 1947, before independence, there was almost no billionaire. The question that should be asked is closely associated with the development history of India.

UNDP’s Human Development Index that is prepared annually continues to research India for the last fifteen years. In 1991 India was ranked 133rd , and in 2016 out of 187 countries, it still ranks #130.  With a large population and a small minority benefiting from economic growth;UNDP data also shows that 2.8 billion people try to maintain their lives with 2 American Dollars per day.

The failure to develop a health and education system to cover large audiences in countries like India, cause no improvement within human development index. In fact, India’s Human Development record works in a way our planet functions. 35% of the world ‘s third largest economy represents a group between 5-24 years of age, about 430 million people. The Indian government will allocate an expenditure of only 3.4% on education from the state budget. This fact alone can indicate how little India spends time on human development and inclusive growth.

Norway is #1 for the last 12 years…

Norway is chosen once again 12 years in a row to be the most livable country in the world. Norway is followed by a small difference –  Australia and Switzerland comes second and third.

There are three aspects that combine’em all. It is pretty simple:

Health, education and life expectancy.

England comparing to others are stepping up, and came up 14th in rankings. The life expectancy inEngland is right now 14th

  • England is number 14 on the list.
  • When life expectancy in England is 80.7, and is selected 2nd most livable in the world, after Norway with the average of 81.6 age.
  • In education, Australia takes the lead by 20 years according to Human Development Index. Luxembourg is on the 19th place while Qatar ranks 32nd with 13.9 years of education.
  • Japan ranks 19th while war-torn countries like Libya has fallen 27 ranks, so does Syria with 15 ranks and now Libya is #94 and Syria ranks #134.  World’s biggest democracy India is still on a deadlock and ranks #135 while it has the 3rd biggest economy in the world with 1.28 billion population.
  • Some of the very highly developed countries within the Human Development Index are Israel #29, Greece #49 and Montenegro comes last in this category.
  • When we look at the highly developed countries, Turkey ranks #72 followed by Jordan, Serbia, Malaysia.
  • From 106-143 countries, they are labeled as developed countries and those countries are the ones with less life expectancy, education and health. African west coast country “Sao Tome and Principle is a part of this category.
  • One of the least developed country according to Human Development Index is Kenya with 145th spot on the list. This category is also comprised of countries such as as Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Eritrea, Central Africa Republic and Niger.
  • For a better understanding, least developed countries are far more behind those that are very highly developed. For instance, life expectancy in Central African Republic is 30 years less than in England.

United Nations Development Program is 50 years old

United Nations Development Programme that was established by the United Nations to create a global network for the development turned 50 years old.

How well do we know this half-century institution?

Here is a concise history of UNDP…

UNDP in November 22,1965, was established with the partnership of United Nations Special Fund and EP (Extended Programme of Technical Assistance).

In 1971 the two institutions have united under the name of UNDP where United Nations Special Fund helped with technical assistance to expand the coverage area, and the EPA assisted and operated in the economic and political problems of under-developing countries.

Focused on developing countries, to have better living standards, UNDP set out the program with the mission of providing necessary information, experience and resources; and supporting projects on development by collaborating with governments, civil society organizations, academia and business environments.

New York-based UNDP, in 166 countries, has offices supporting the development by working with local governments. UNDP continues to  to help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

UNDP to promote global development, work on these specific issues below:

– Poverty Alleviation

– Democratic Governance

– Energy and Environment

– Social Development

– Crisis Prevention and Crossover

– Protection of Human Rights and Women’s Empowerment


Happy birthday UNDP!!!

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UNDP hosted “Istanbul Development Dialogue”

UNDP-backed “Istanbul Development Dialogue ” was held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Concerns about global inequality are rising and it continues to demolish the foundations of sustainable development expectations through different channels.

The concept of inequality is not a new concept, however a new question is brought to the attention of the world where not only verbal but real action can be put into practice.

On the other hand, taking into consideration the global perception and  best ways to fight against inequality, the transition of Europe and Central Asia’s emerging economies still haven’t established a mutual relation. In these developing economies as well as in other parts of the world, there are similar inequality and vulnerability problems in hand. That’s exactly what UNDP will draw attention to in its ” Istanbul Development Dialogue” on February, 9-10.

The main topics discussed at the meeting:

-Correct Measurement of Income Inequality

-Exclusion in the LaborMarket, Employment and Social Security

-Gender Inequality

-Inequalities and Health

-Inequalities, Management and Peace Building

-Inequality, Natural Capital and Resource Management