Iran Moves Up in Human Development Index (HDI)

According to the 2015 Human Development Report (HDR), The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Human Development Index (HDI) value for 2014 is currently 0.766. This places Iran in the “high human development” category. Its rank is 69th out of 188 countries and territories.

Iran’s HDI value for 2013 was 0.749 positioning the country at 75 out of 187 countries and territories.  Thus Iran has moved up six places in its HDI – this represents one of the highest increases for any country in the past 8 years.

Today in Tehran, UNDP jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the 2015 HDR in the presence of H.E. Dr. Abbas Araghchi, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Majid Bizmark, Director-General for International Environmental Affairs and Sustainable Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Also present were over 300 government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, academia, and the media.  UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Gary Lewis and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Mr. Balasubramaniam Murali also officiated.

In his opening remarks Mr. Murali said: “Human Development Report was first published in 1990 – over 25 years ago […] HDRs have always generated dialogue and discussion on human development and devised a strategy to proceed towards sustainable human development.”

This new global HDR is an urgent call to tackle one of the world’s greatest development challenges – providing enough decent work and livelihoods for all.  The theme for this latest HDR is “Work for Human Development”.

According to the 2015 HDR, during 1980-2012, Iran’s HDI value increased annually by 1.6 percent.  This is double the global average growth rate over the same period.

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