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How much has the so-called ‘working middle class’ increased worldwide during the last 25 years? (The UN defines working middle class as people with an income of more than 4 dollars a day.)

Which world region has seen the biggest progress towards enrolling all children in school, since the Millennium Development Goals were launched in 2000?

How are the tigers in India doing now, compared to ten years ago?

How many lives have been saved by vaccines against measles between 2000 and 2013?

How many births now take place under supervision of trained health workers?

How many mosquito nets have been distributed in malaria-prone African countries south of the Sahara, during the last 10 years?

Which world region has nearly tripled the size of its protected nature reserves?

Which of these countries has combined economic growth with poverty reduction and increased equality?

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It’s more or less the same size

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The size has almost doubled

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The size has almost tripled

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South Asia

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Sub-Saharan Africa

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Latin America

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Tiger numbers are down by half

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There are now fifty percent more tigers

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The tiger population is more or less stable

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Approximately 15 million

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Approximately 10 million

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Approximately 3 million

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One in four

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Two in four

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Three in four

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500 million

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900 million

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100 million

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Latin America

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Oceania

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Asia

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Russia

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Brazil

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China

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How much has the so-called ‘working middle class’ increased worldwide during the last 25 years? (The UN defines working middle class as people with an income of more than 4 dollars a day.) The working middle class has nearly tripled since 1990. This group now makes up nearly half of the workforce in developing countries. It used to be around 18 percent 25 years ago.

Which world region has seen the biggest progress towards enrolling all children in school, since the Millennium Development Goals were launched in 2000? Africa south of Sahara has seen more progress towards primary education than any other world region. The share of children in the region who go to school has increased by 20 percent in the last 15 years.

How are the tigers in India doing now, compared to ten years ago? Tiger numbers are up by about 50 percent in India since 2006. Some other well-known threatened animal species have also seen progress, thanks to conservation efforts, for example the Panda. But overall, world nature is still in trouble, and many species and habitats remain at risk of destruction.

How many lives have been saved by vaccines against measles between 2000 and 2013? Approximately 15.6 million deaths have been averted between 2000 and 2013, thanks to vaccinations against measles. As of 2013, around 84 percent of all the world’s children received at least one dose of measles vaccine.

How many births now take place under supervision of trained health workers? Three out of every four births now have health workers present. This minimises the risk of complications or death, for both mother and child.

How many mosquito nets have been distributed in malaria-prone African countries south of the Sahara, during the last 10 years? 900 million. Together with better diagnostics and treatment, this has led to a 58 percent reduction in the malaria mortality since 2000. This amounts to saving approximately 6.2 million lives.

Which world region has nearly tripled the size of its protected nature reserves? Latin America. 23.4 percent of the region’s land mass is now under some form of protection. In 1990, it was only 8.8 percent.

Which of these countries has combined economic growth with poverty reduction and increased equality? Brazil. Together with Bangladesh and Malawi, they are examples of countries that have managed to create economic growth, while fighting poverty and increasing equality, since 1990.

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