With the end of 2018, it is important to take time to reflect on the year that we have had. This includes recalling the progress that we have made, as well as noting the work that lies in front of us. Donna Barne and Divyanshi Wadhwa from the World Bank have compiled 14 charts detailing the changes and challenges that the global community faces, from poverty reduction to confronting the reality of climate change.
Some interesting takeaways from the charts are listed below:
1. Extreme poverty is at the lowest level in recorded history
2. Extreme poverty is becoming more concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa
6. At least 33 percent of waste is mismanaged through open dumping or burning
8. Demand for advanced skills is rising
10. 2.7 billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men
11. Borrowing by low- and middle-income economies has more than tripled
12. By 2050, twice as many people will live in cities than in rural areas
13. 1.2 billion adults have gained access to financial services since 2011
14. About 118 million people gain electricity access each year
Based on the above one can forecast that education, energy and waste management will probably prove promising economic sectors in the future. We must remain steadfast in our commitment to a sustainable future so that 2019, and beyond, represents a more positive list of changes.
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