· A quarter of the world’s population, 1.3 billion people, live in severe poverty
· Nearly 800 million people do not get enough food, and about 500 million people are chronically malnourished. More than a third of children are malnourished
· In industrial countries more than 100 million people live below the poverty line, more than 5 million people are homeless and 37 million are jobless
· Of the world’s 23 million people living with HIV/AIDS more than 93% live in developing countries
· More than 840 million adults are illiterate - 538 million of them are women.
· Around 2 million children died as a result of armed conflict in the last decade.
· In developing countries 160 million pre-school children are underweight.
· In poor countries, children are five times as likely to die before their fifth birthday due to preventable illnesses.
· 1.2 billion people live without access to safe drinking water.
· 110 million landmines lie undetonated in 68 countries.
Today’s society has the resources to eradicate poverty...
· The net wealth of the 10 richest billionaires is $ 133 billion , more than 1.5 times the total national income of the least developed countries
· The cost of eradicating poverty is 1% of global income
· Effective debt relief to the 20 poorest countries would cost $ 5.5 billion - equivalent to the cost of building EuroDisney.
· Providing universal access to basic social services and transfers to alleviate income poverty would cost $ 80 billion, less than the net worth of the seven richest men in the world
· Six countries can spend $ 700 million in nine days on dog and cat food.
· Today’s world spend $ 92 billion on junkfood, $ 66 billion on cosmetics and nearly $ 800 billion in 1995 for defense expenditure.