At a gathering in September 2000 the United Nations set some Millennium Development Goals for poverty reduction to be achieved by 2015.
What progress has been made towards achieving them?
He began by asking three questions:
- What is the proportion of children in the world who have been vaccinated against measles?
- How many children are there in the world today, and will there be more by the end of the century?
- What is the proportion of the world’s population living in extreme poverty?
Most underestimated the number of children vaccinated, and over estimated the number of children and the proportion living in extreme poverty.
He said that 80% of the world’s children had been vaccinated against measles (most estimated that it was about 50%), and that the number of children in the world was not expected to increase between now and the end of the century.
The number of children being vaccinated and the proportion of girls being educated were not merely indicators of general prosperity and increased life expectancy, but were actually causes. It was not that prosperity caused more girls to be educated and thus to have their children vaccinated, but it was the other way round.
Most people have a mental picture of a “developed world” and a “developing world” which is a couple of generations out of date.
He said that there was a website where you could download an app to see these statistics that show this. Unfortunately the website is not accessible, and produces this message:
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When I’ve found out how to access the site I’ll post a link here.