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Historically, women have represented 0% of U.S. Presidents, less than 1% of Senators and less than 1% of House Representatives.
National Information Bank on Women in Public Office, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, 2001 / 020619

Women occupy more than 30% of parliamentary seats in only five countries; in 31 they occupy fewer than 5%.
UNDP: Human Development Report 1999 / 020619

In 2001, U.S. women represent:
10% of state Governors
13% of the Senate
14% of the House
27% of the state legislators
25% of statewide elected positions
National Information Bank on Women in Public Office, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, 2001 / 020619

The United States is the world's largest exporter of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers, shipping nearly 9 million tons annually.
FAO: Current World Fertilizer Situation and Outlook, 1998 / 020619

Every year, the US exports about 10 million obsolete computers to Asia to be disposed of as hazardous waste.
Exporting Harm, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, 2002 / 020618

Every day, 40,000 infants die of malnutrition.
World Bank: World Development Indicators, 1998 / 020619

200 million children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition.
World Bank: World Development Indicators 1998 / 020618

Worldwide, nearly 50% of deaths among children under 5 are due to malnutrition.
WHO: World Health Report 1998 / 020619

1.1 billion people do not have access to clean water.
UNFPA: The State of World Population, 2001 / 020619

Of the 4.4 billion people in developing countries, nearly three-fifths lack basic sanitation. About a third have no access to clean water. A quarter do not have adequate housing. A fifth have no access to modern health services. A fifth of children do not attend school to grade 5. And more than a fifth are chronically malnourished.
UNDP: Human Development Report 1998 / 020618

In 1998, the global starvation rate among children reached its 600 year peak.
UNICEF: State of the World's Children 1998 / 020619

1.2 billion people live on less than $1 per day. 2.8 billion people live on less than $2 a day.
World Bank: "Global Poverty Measures 1987-1998 and Projections for the Future", 1999 / 020618

100 million children live or work on the streets.
UNDP: Human Development Report 1999 / 020619

American and European annual expenditure on pet food: $17 billion per year.
Estimated annual cost of providing universal healthcare and nutrition for everyone in the world: $13 billion per year.
UNDP: Human Development Report 1998 / 020619

In Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, at least half the single-parent households with children have incomes below the poverty line.
UNDP: Human Development Report 1999 / 020618

62 procent av TV-programmen i Latinamerika är från USA, och ytterligare 8 procent från andra länder utanför kontinenten.
UNDP: Human Development Report 1999 / 020619

47% of all U.S. federal tax revenues go towards current or past military costs.
Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2002 / 020619

About half of all US federal research and development (R&D) funds go into the aircraft and missiles industry, the leading recipient of US federal R&D funds, exceeding all expenditures on health, environment and agriculture research combined.
National Science Board, Science and Engineering Indicators, 1998 / 020619

The three richest families in the world have a combined wealth equaling that of the 600 million poorest people living in the world.
UNDP: Human Development Report 1999 / 020619

1.2 million Iraqi people, including 750,000 children below the age of five, have died due to the scarcity of food and medicine, since the commencement of UN sanctions in 1990.
UNICEF 1997, 020619

In developing nations, there are nearly 5 million acute pesticide poisonings per year due to lack of protection during application, with millions more exposed to lower but still dangerous levels.
World Resource Institute, Report on Global Health, 1998 / 020619

In Latin America, fewer than 10% of landowners own almost 90% of the land.
UNICEF: State of the World’s Children, 1995, p. 43. / 020619

The World Bank is governed by 24 executive directors, each with one vote. The United States, Japan, France, Germany and the UK are each represented by one voting director. The other 177 member nations share the remaining 19 votes.
The World Bank, 1999 / 020619

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has 182 member countries. Five countries, the United States, Germany, Japan, France and the UK, control 40% of the votes that determine IMF policy.
International Monetary Fund, Members' Quotas and Voting Power, October 2001 / 020619

US produced films capture 50% of the film market in Japan, 70% in Europe, and 83% in Latin America. By contrast, foreign films take less than 3% of the US market.
UNDP: Human Development Report 1999 / 020618

The typical U.S. citizen is exposed to between 50 and 100 advertisements each morning before nine o'clock. American teenagers are typically exposed to 3 to 4 hours of TV advertisements a week, adding up to at least 100,000 ads between birth and high school graduation.
World Watch Institute, State of the World Report, 1991 / 020618

More than half of all the global revenue in the pharmaceutical industry is controlled by just seven companies.
UNCTAD: World Investment Report 1998 / 020619

The percentage share of the market by the top 10 corporations in 1998:
Computersalmost 70%
Veterinary medicine60%
Commercial seed32%

UNDP: Human Development Report 1999 / 020619

In 1998, the world suffered about 4 million tobacco-related deaths, about one in every twelve adult deaths. In the next decade, tobacco-use is expected to kill 10 million people annually. Over 70% of these deaths will be in the developing world. The WHO estimates that about 500 million people alive today will eventually be killed by tobacco.
WHO: World Health Report 1999 / 020619

44 million U.S. citizens lack medical insurance.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 1999 / 020618

95% of the fifty wealthiest executives and financiers in America at the turn of the century came from upper-class or upper-middle-class backgrounds. Fewer than 3% started as poor immigrants or farm children. Throughout the nineteenth century, just 2% of the wealthiest fifty American industrialists came from working-class origins.
Journal of Economic History, vol. 9 no. 2 (1949), p. 184, Gregory & Neu, "Industrial Elite in the 1870s," in Men in Business (1952), p. 202. 326-28 / 020619

Global Consumption According to Affluence Consumption ofRichest 20%Poorest 20%
Meat & Fish45%5%
Telephone Lines74%1.5%

UNDP: Human Development Report 1998 / 020618

The income gap between the richest fifth of the world's people and the poorest fifth, measured by average national income per head, increased from 30 to one in 1960, to 74 to one in 1997.
UNDP: Human Development Report 1999 / 020618

The fifth of the world's people living in the highest income countries has 86% of world gross domestic product (GDP), 82% of world export markets, 68% of foreign direct investments and 74% of world telephone lines: the bottom fifth, in the poorest countries, has about 1% in each sector.
UNDP: Human Development Report 1999 / 020618

Industrialized countries hold 97% of all patents worldwide.
UNDP: Human Development Report 1999 / 020618