Inequality of income, access to health and education, and access to markets for trade is trapping people in a cycle of poverty despite their best efforts. The posters in the “Inequality Matters” series illustrate how much disparity there is in the world even in the fundamental human condition.
The original poster series was conceived and designed by Tom Geismar through AIGA for the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme in anticipation of The 2005 World Summit. The Summit, which was held on September 14-16, 2005, was the largest gathering of world leaders in history. Heads of state forged a common agenda on international development, security and human rights.
Spread the word
Halving extreme poverty by 2015 is doable but will not happen unless government and civil society act to close the ever-widening disparity-between countries and within countries. Spread the word by distributing the posters.
Each poster in the gallery is available as an 11x17“ PDF. Just click the thumbnail image to download. To view the file, you’ll need Acrobat Reader available for free. After you’ve downloaded your posters, spread the word by distributing them to friends, putting them up in shop windows and posting them to message boards.
The Human Development Report (HDR) was first launched in 1990 with
the single goal of putting people back at the center of the
development process in terms of economic debate, policy and
advocacy. The goal was both massive and simple, with far-ranging
implications-going beyond income to assess the level of people's
long-term well being. The Reports’ messages—and the tools to
implement them—have been embraced by people around the world,
evidenced by the publication of national human development reports
at the country level in more than 120 nations. The Human
Development Report is commissioned by the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP).
Learn more about the HDR and download reports
The 2005 World Summit
Human Development Reports
The Millennium Project
United Nations Development Programme