the following poverty statistics
Half the world's
people live on less than
The GDP (Gross
Domestic Product) of the poorest
nations (of the world's
countries) is less than the combined wealth of the world's
people entered the 21st
century unable to read a book or sign their names.
of the world's yearly weapon sales was needed to put every child
into school. It didn't happen.
of the world's 100
wealthiest bodies are corporations.
nation on Earth has the widest gap between rich and poor of any
The poorer the
country, the more likely that its debt repayments are being taken
from people who neither contracted the loans nor received any of the
of the population in developed nations consume
of the world's goods.
of people living in the richest countries enjoy
of export trade and 68%
of foreign direct investment. The bottom
of people barely receive more than
of people in the richest countries had
30 times the
income of the poorest
In 1997, that ratio
74 times as much.
An analysis of long-term
trends shows the distance between the richest and poorest countries
children will die
needlessly each year because world governments fail to reduce
The developing world now
on debt repayment for every $1.00
it receives in grants.
millionaires now own as
much wealth as the world's poorest
countries account for less than
The combined wealth of
richest people hit
in 1999; the combined incomes of the
people living in
least developed countries is
Of all human rights
failures today, those in economic and social areas affect by far the
larger number and are the
most widespread across
the world's nations and large numbers of people.
people in the developing world are still chronically
whom reside in Asia
and the Pacific.
According to UNICEF,
children die each day due to poverty. And they die quietly in some
of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and
the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these
dying multitudes even more invisible in death. That is about
each week, or almost 11,000,000
children under age
5, each year.
Globalization from 1980
- 2000 shows a very clear decline in economic progress as compared
with the previous two decades [1960 - 1980]. Among the
fall in economic growth rates fell for most countries.
life expectancy also fell.
reducing infant mortality was also considerably slower
than over the previous two decades.
education also slowed during the period of
Today, across the world,
people live on less than $1.00
a day; 3,000,000,000
live on under $2.00
have no access to clean water;
have no access to sanitation;
have no access to electricity.
people in Europe and North America have the same income as
poor people. The slice of the cake taken by
is the same size as that
handed to the poorest 57%.
have a combined wealth of
This is well over the combined gross national products of all
sub-Saharan Africa nations ($929,300,000,000)
or the oil-rich regions of the Middle East and North Africa ($134,000,000,000,000).
It is also greater than the combined incomes of the poorest
50% of humanity.
of the world's population uses
of its water. These 12%
do not live in the Third World.
global priorities in spending in 1998
Number of children in
the world: 2,200,000,000
- Number in
(every second child)
children from the developing world, there are:
without adequate shelter (1
with no access to safe water
with no access to health
Children out of education worldwide
- Survival for
died in 2003 before they reached the age of
as children population in France, Germany, Greece and Italy)
year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate
- Health of
children die each year because they are not immunized
children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS (similar to the total
children population in Germany or United Kingdom)
The total wealth of the
people around the world rose 8.2%
in 2004, giving them control of nearly a
of the world's financial
assets. In other words, about
0.13% of the
world's population controlled 25%
of the world's assets in 2004.