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836 million people still live in extreme poverty and one in five people in developing regions live on less than $1.25 per day.

One in nine people in the world today (795 million) are undernourished. 66 million primary school children attend classes hungry.

17,000 fewer children die each day than in 1990, but more than six million children still die before their fifth birthday each year.

An estimated 50% of out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas.

In 46 countries, women now hold more than 30% of seats in national parliament.

At least 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated.

One in five people lack access to electricity. Three billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating.

470 million jobs are needed globally for new entrants to the labour market between 2016 and 2030.

In developing countries, 30% of agricultural production undergoes industrial processing. In high-income countries, 98% is processed.

Income inequality increased by 11% in developing countries between 1990 and 2010. This is a threat to long-term social and economic development.

Half of humanity – 3.5 billion people – live in cities today. By 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas.

Each year, an estimated one-third of all food produced – worth around $1 trillion – ends up rotting in bins.

From 1880 to 2012, the average global temperature increased by 0.85°C. For each one degree of temperature increase, grain yields decline by about 5%.

Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Oceans contain 97% of the Earth’s water

23 hectares of arable land per minute are lost to drought and desertification – 12 million hectares per year – where 20 million tons of grain could have been grown.

Among the institutions most affected by corruption are the judiciary and police. Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost US$1.26 trillion for developing countries per year.

Over four billion people do not use the Internet, and 90% of them are from the developing world. 30% of the world’s youth are digital natives, active online for at least five years.