World Summit for Social Development and Beyond

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Children and Poverty: Key Facts

  • In a $30 trillion global economy, 1.2 billion people- a quarter of the human race-are living in conditions of almost unimaginable suffering and want.

  • Between 600 million and 700 million children; representing about 40 per cent of all those in the developing world- are currently struggling to survive on less than $1 a day.

  • Easily preventable diseases (such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria and measles) account for the deaths of nearly eleven million children under the age of 5 each year.

  • Nearly one billion people in the world are illiterate.

  • Over 110 million children of school age are not in school.

  • Approximately 1.3 billion people lack safe water.

  • Over half of the developing world's population (2.6 billion people) are without access to adequate sanitation.

  • If the world were to invest an extra 30 cents out of every $100, all children would be healthy, well nourished and in primary school.
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