Facts about sustainability

  • Half the world – nearly three billion people – live on less than two US dollars a day.
  • Four billion people live in countries with a poor or bad level of human development.
  • 20% of the world population does not have access to safe drinking water.
  • 50% of the world population does not have sanitation.
  • The world population has tripled since the beginning of the 20th century, and is expected to reach the benchmark of 10 billion people by the year 2080.
  • Nearly a billion people entered the 21st centur y unable to read a book or sign their names.
  • At least 7 inter -state armed conflicts of the past century were over shared freshwater resources.
  • An average citizen in the USA uses 600 litres of water per day against a Jordanian’s daily consumption of 85 litres.
  • 28 million Africans were facing severe food shortages in the year 2000.
  • Global military expenditure in 2000 was US$804 billion, against US$53.1 billion of total official development aid (ODA) in the same year.
  • 20% of the world’s people in the highest-income countries account for 86% of total private consumption expenditures.
  • Sweden is closest to achieving sustainable development, according to the 2001 ‘Wellbeing of Nations’ assessment.

source: IUCN – World Conservation Union See also XlnkS58B
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