million instances of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) affect people around the world every year. The STIs in question are syphilis, chlamydia, trichomoniasis and gonorrhoea. The exact total has never been measured. Such infections can have far-reaching consequences: in 2016, syphilis caused more than 200,000 stillbirths and newborn deaths.
billion US dollars’ worth of productivity is lost in low-income and middle-income countries every year because people are having to eat food that is unsafe, according to estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Every year, 600 million people fall ill after eating food that has been contaminated, e.g. by chemical substances.
million people are migrant workers. That is nine per cent more than in 2013, when there were around 150 million. Around 60 per cent are concentrated in three world regions: northern, southern and western Europe, North America and Arab countries.
billion people, primarily in developing countries, depend on forests. They provide them with food, medicine and fuel. This habitat is also vital for the climate, as trees store carbon dioxide. Despite this, humans destroy 13 million hectares of forest every year.
million women in developing countries have little or no access to modern contraceptives. Meanwhile, unsafe abortions are a leading cause of maternal mortality.
million children and young people of school age are not receiving education. The figures for primary school children have not improved since 2008.
billion USD less is spent each year on things like energy and food as a consequence of natural disasters.
new cases of malaria have been reported by Paraguay over the last three years. This means that the country is considered to be free of the disease.
MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action