2015 Human Development Report
The 2015 Human Development Report is the latest in the series of global Human Development Reports published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1990 as independent, analytically and empirically grounded discussions of major development issues, trends and policies. Additional resources related to the 2015 Human Development Report can be found online at http://hdr.undp.org, including complete editions or summaries of the Report in more than 20 languages, a set of background papers and think pieces, commissioned for the 2015 report, interactive maps and databases of human development indicators, full explanations of the sources and methodologies used in the Report’s composite indices, country profiles and other background materials as well as previous global, regional, and National Human Development Reports (NHDRs). The cover reflects the basic message that work is a fundamental dynamic driver for enhancing human development. The background reflects figure 2.2 in the Report, which shows, based on a panel of 156 countries covering 98 percent of the world population, that over the past 25 years more countries and more people have moved out of the low human development category (from 62 countries with more than 3 billion people in 1990 to 43 countries with a bit more than a billion people in 2014) and that at the same time more countries and more people have moved into the high and very high human development categories combined (from 47 countries with 1.2 billion people in 1990 to 84 countries and more than 3.6 billion people in 2014). In the background the bottom band in light blue represents the first trend, and the green band at the top represents the second trend. In the foreground the circle of human figures as workers in various activities, including creative work and voluntary work, not only is a reminder that their work contributes to the human development progress depicted in the background, but also reflects the dynamism of work and the mutual synergies of various kinds of work.