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the last 20 years in numbers
Life expectancy has increased since 2000,
with a global average of over 73 (in 2019)
compared to 67 (in 2000).
A child born at the start of the 20th century
had a one in five chance of not reaching
their fifth birthday but this is now one in 250
But on average, only five of those additional
years are lived in good health.
Even over the last 20 years, the number dying
before five has halved on a global scale to
There has been a global decline in deaths
from communicable diseases, with tuberculosis
falling by about 30%.
Heart disease has been the leading global
cause of death for the last 20 years, 16% of
the total (source: WHO).
Polio has been eradicated from Africa after infecting up to 450,000 people a year worldwide in the 1980s.
The retirement savings gap is predicted to
increase to $400 trillion by 2050 if measures
are not taken to increase overall savings rates
(Source: World Economic Forum).
While less than 7% of the world was online
in 2000, over half the global population has
access to the internet today.
Approximately 1.35 million people die
worldwide each year as a result of road
traffic crashes (Source: WHO) but the number
of road accidents in the UK has halved over
the last 20 years.
In 2000, there were 740 million mobile phone
subscriptions worldwide; two decades later, it
is more than 8 billion, meaning there are now
more phones in the world than people (Source:
World Economic Forum).
Online sales in the UK made up 36.3% of total
retail sales in February 2021 (Source: ONS),
up from 20% in January 2020.
Under the Biden presidency,
US re-accepts and re-joins
Paris climate agreement, having left under
the Trump administration in 2020.
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