Global facts of life from UNDP report 2000
* War and internal conflicts in the 1990s forced 50 million people to flee their homes.
* 100 million children live or work on the streets.
* State monopoly of the media exists in only five per cent of all countries.
* There are more than 10 million refugees and five million internally displaced people.
* Nearly 90 journalists and media people were killed while doing their jobs in 1999.
* In 1998, the 48 least developed countries attracted less than US$3 billion in foreign direct investments, a mere 0.4 per cent of the total.
* One person in five is estimated to participate in a civil society organization.
* In 1900 no country had universal adult suffrage. Today, nearly all countries do.
* 40 million births each year are not registered worldwide.
* To achieve universal provision of basic services in developing countries would cost an additional $80 billion a year.
* Between 85 million and 115 million girls and women have undergone some form of female genital mutilation.
* In Cambodia, 25,000 teachers have been trained in human rights and have taught more than three million children.
* The 48 poorest countries account for less than 0.4 per cent of global exports.
* The combined wealth of the world's 200 richest people hit US$1 trillion in 1999; the combined incomes of the 582 million people living in the 43 least developed countries is $146 billion.
* About 500 million small arms are in circulation around the world.
* Adult literacy has been nearly halved in the last 30 years, and combined primary and secondary enrollment has more than doubled.
* An estimated one in three women have been subjected to violence in an intimate relationship.
* In the past decade, civil wars have killed five million people worldwide.
* More than 30,000 children a day die from mainly preventable causes.
* Nearly 18 million people die every year from communicable diseases.
* Worldwide, women occupy only 14 per cent of parliamentary seats.
* Armed conflicts injured six million people in the 1990s.