2016 - a year of progress
2016 was a year of progress. Despite the negative events that have sometimes dominated headlines, we have seen huge shifts towards a healthier, greener and fairer world. Here's why:
The number of women dying from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth has almost halved since 1990 (Lancet via Guardian).
Since the year 2000, global malaria deaths have declined by 60%. (World Health Organisation 2016).
The Ebola outbreak in Liberia was declared over. Ending the West African epidemic that started in 2013.
AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 45% since the peak in 2005. As of June 2016, 18.2 million people living with HIV were accessing antiretroviral therapy, up from 15.8 million in June 2015.
More children are learning to read and write than ever before - nine out of 10. Literacy levels and school enrolment are both on the up.
More girls are in school than ever before.
For the first time ever the amount of money it would take to end extreme poverty dipped below the total spent on foreign aid (OECD and World Bank data via Vox).
There are less hungry people in the world. World Hunger estimates malnourishment levels have reduced from 18.6% to 10.9% since 1990.
Global carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels did not grow at all in 2016. It’s the third year in a row.
The Paris Climate Agreement was ratified. This agreement is signed by 196 nations and demonstrates a global commitment to tackle climate change.
In July, more than 800,000 volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in one day.
The Gambia and Tanzania banned child marriage, following sustained lobbying by civil society groups.