Global (Social) Unsustainability Index

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GLOBAL (SOCIAL) UNSUSTAINABILITY INDEX  

Partha Gangopadhya and Mark Zreika 2015

 

GANGOPADHYAY-ZREIKA INDEX OF UNSUSTAINABILITY (GZIU)

In modern sciences sustainability is the capacity of a system to endure; in ecology “it is how biological systems remain diverse and productive indefinitely”.  There are a plenty of examples: long-lived and healthy rainforests and healthy Great Barrier Reef represent sustainable biological systems. In more general terms, sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. One of the major planks of sustainability is social sustainability:  social sustainability is concerned with the durability of human society. Social sustainability calls forth peace, security and social justice for all within a system by curbing poverty, destitution, conflicts and violence. GZIU applies the face-recognition technology to devise an index of unsustainability to rank nations in terms of their threats to social sustainability. In Table 1, we provide the ranks and values of GZIU of the least unsustainable 20 nations. These are the nations that provide the best opportunity to social sustainability to mankind. In Table 2, we provide the ranks and values of GZIU of the most unsustainable 20 nations. These are the nations that pose the greatest threat to social sustainability and our collective efforts should pivot on global policies in reducing social unsustainability of these bottom 20 nations to make our globe more sustainable.

TABLE 1:


Top 20 Nations:  In terms of G-Z Index of Unsustainability (Social)

Nation GZIU Rank
Iceland -2.074191362 1
Switzerland -1.883435832 2
Denmark -1.835121766 3
Sweden -1.812083053 4
Finland -1.789434325 5
Norway -1.76219768 6
New Zealand -1.701062535 7
Canada -1.633968373 8
Singapore -1.606350359 9
Austria -1.567926858 10
Netherlands -1.559559129 11
Australia -1.498479523 12
United Kingdom -1.336971406 13
Germany -1.272782061 14
Ireland -1.231050772 15
United States -1.178116269 16
France -1.175724113 17
Qatar -1.16427139 18
Cyprus -1.122996891 19
Japan -1.121321163 20

 

TABLE 2:

Bottom 20 Nations:  In terms of G-Z Index of Unsustainability (Social)

Nation GZIU Rank
Belarus 0.872055263 133
Niger 0.910521173 134
Cote D’Ivoire 0.946805466 135
Haiti 0.959273746 136
Myanmar 0.962913383 137
Pakistan 0.980452259 138
Libyan Arab Jamahiri 1.111532163 139
Chad 1.159479412 140
Sierra Leone 1.179907191 141
Equatorial Guinea 1.183438373 142
Turkmenistan 1.193111828 143
Mali 1.233454501 144
Congo, the Democratic 1.260464666 145
Zimbabwe 1.265774504 146
Nigeria 1.322004945 147
Korea, Democratic 1.324458713 148
Afghanistan 1.341038997 149
Somalia 1.37019056 150
Yemen 1.431070157 151
Sudan 1.462011756 152
Iraq 1.574273636 153