UNDP’s Human Development Report 2013 & Islamic Republic of Iran

17 Mar 2013

UNDP’s Human Development Report 2013


Further to the global launch of the 2013 Human Development Report – "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" –on 14 March, UNDP Resident Representative a.i., Dr. Balasubramaniam Murali, met with Ambassador Hamid Baeedinejad,  Director General for International Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to present the report formally.

On the eve of the Iranian New Year 1392, Mr. Murali presented the 2013 HDR that includes very important and positive references to the progress of the I.R. of Iran in narrowing the developmental gap between 1990 and 2012, making Iran second among thirty of the most successful countries, after South Korea.


Mr. Baeedinejad expressed hope that this report could serve as a vehicle to stress the importance of developmental work that could bear fruit through the cooperation between UNDP and the Government of Islamic Republic of Iran at both national and international levels. He also added that the Ministry [of Foreign Affairs] considers this initiative as the beginning of a trend that works for the betterment of the lives of people.

Iran’s HDI value for 2012 is 0.742—in the high human development category—positioning the country at 76 out of 187 countries and territories. Between 1980 and 2012, Iran’s HDI value increased from 0.443 to 0.742, an increase of 67 percent or average annual increase of about 1.6 percent.  Iran’s significant developmental progress is attributed to its success in the in Health and Education sectors as shown by the indicators.

Copies of the HDR 2013 were also presented to Dr. Nicknam, Acting Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Health, Dr. Heydari, Vice-Chair of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) & Dr. Gouya, Director General of Center for Disease Control (CDC), Ministry of Health.