Iran improves position in UN human development ranking
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 15
By Umid Niayesh- Trend:
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has put Iran in the 69th place among 189 countries in its latest Human Development Index Report (HDI).
The country has improved its position by seven place in 2014 compared to 2013, according to the UNDP's report released on Dec. 14.
Norway, Australia, Switzerland and Denmark topped the ranking list of the countries, meanwhile Niger, Central African Republic, Eritrea and Chad placed at the bottom of the list.
The HDI is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education levels and income indices used to rank countries' national achievement in the mentioned fields. The report scores the countries with a value from 0 to 1.
The UNDP publishes annual HDI reports since 1990 under a specific name. "Work for Human Development" has been chosen for the 2015 report.
Iran's value in HDI for 2014 slightly increased to 0.766 from 0.764 in 2013, meanwhile the country's place has improved by seven steps to 69.
According to the report, Iran's life expectancy at birth is 75.4 years, and gross national income per capita is $ 15,440.
Iran's value in HDI for 1990 was 0.567. The value increased to 0.665 and 0.743 by 2000 and 2010 respectively and stood at 0.764 in 2012 and remains approximately in same level so far.
Alongside with Iran the report also puts Turkey with rank of 72 and Azerbaijan with rank of 78 among the countries with high human development, meanwhile Iraq (121), Uzbekistan (114) and Turkmenistan (109) are in medium human development category.
Pakistan and Afghanistan with rank of 147 and 171 respectively stood among the countries with low human development in the UNDP's HDI report.