Factfile - Family and demography

December 21, 2000

  • Some 3 billion people live in extreme poverty. Of the 1.3 billion poorest, only 30 per cent are male and 70 per cent are female. - Gro Harlem Brundtland, Reith lectures 2000
  • Almost one-third of all children are undernourished. - Gro Harlem Brundtland, Reith lectures 2000
  • By 2045-50, 56 countries will experience negative population growth, including all European countries, Japan and China. By 2050, these populations are expected to be 2 per cent smaller than they were in 1998. However, less developed regions will have grown by 64 per cent (even taking Aids into account). - United Nations
  • The United Nations predicts that 98 per cent of the world population growth until 2025 will be in developing nations. - The Observer , 3 September 2000
  • In 1998 in developed regions, the number of older persons (aged 60 plus) exceeded that of children. By 2050, there will be more old people in the world than there are children. - United Nations
  • Three years ago, the divorce rate was 4.2 per 1,000 in the United States and 1.8 per 1,000 in the European Union. - US National Center for Health Statistics and EU Commission

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