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1 billion children (every second child) live in absolute poverty — UNICEF, The State of the World’s Children, 2005

The richest 2% of adults in the world own more than half of global household wealth — UNU-WIDER study on The World Distribution of Household Wealth, 5 December 2006

Top City bankers destroy £7 of value for every £1 they are paid privately while good hospital cleaners who prevent the spread of infection, saving lives and protecting the wider health of the public provide £10 of benefits for which they are directly paid only £1 — New Economics Foundation Report, A Bit Rich, The Financial Times, 14 December 2009

24,000 children die each day due to poverty. 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. — UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, Special Edition, 2010

10.6 million children died last year due to extreme poverty before they reached the age of 5 (equivalent to the child populations in France, Germany, Greece and Italy) — UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, Special Edition, 2010

In 2005, the wealthiest 20% of the world accounted for 76.6% of total private consumption. The poorest fifth just 1.5%. The poorest 10% accounted for just 0.5% and the wealthiest 10% accounted for 59% of all the consumption. — World Development Indicators 2008, World Bank, August 2008

Total global military expenditure in 2009 is estimated to have been $1.531 Trillion. The US is responsible for 46.5 per cent of the world total, distantly followed by the China (6.6%), France (4.2%), UK (3.8%), and Russia (3.5%). — Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)’s 2010 Year Book

The United Nations and all its agencies and funds spend about $30 billion each year. This is a very small sum compared to most government budgets and it is less than 3% of the world’s military spending. — UN Financial Crisis, Global Policy Forum, 7 July 2010

For everyone on Earth to live at the current European average level of consumption, we would need more than double the biocapacity actually available – the equivalent of 2.1 planet Earths – to sustain us. If everyone consumed at the US rate, we would require nearly five. — The New Economics Foundation, 23 January 2006

65 percent of the world’s hungry live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia. — The State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2008

Iodine deficiency is the greatest single cause of mental retardation and brain damage. Worldwide, 1.9 billion people are at risk of iodine deficiency, which can easily be prevented by adding iodine to salt. — UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, World Nutrition Situation 5th Report, 2005

Women make up a little over half of the world’s population, but they account for over 60 percent of the world’s hungry. — Strengthening Efforts to Eradicate Hunger & Poverty, UN ECOSOC, 2007

The cost of undernutrition to national economic development is estimated at US$20-30 billion per annum. — Progress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition, UNICEF, 2006

It is estimated that 684,000 child deaths worldwide could be prevented by increasing access to vitamin A and zinc. — World Food Programme, Annual Report, 2007

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