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The cost of canceling the debts of the 52 most indebted countries in the world is equal to one penny per day for each person in the industrialized world.
70% of the world's poor are women.
The world's seven richest men could wipe out global poverty. Their combined wealth is more than enough to provide the basic needs of the poorest quarter of the world's people.
Asia and the Pacific contain two-thirds of the world's 700 million poorest people, but the region receives less than half of the aid that goes to the world's poorest nations.
Every year, 6 million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday.
More than 2.6 billion people - more than 40 percent of the world's population - lack basic sanitation.
More than 1.1 billion people live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $1 a day.
2.7 billion people live on less than $2 per day.
The world's poorest countries receive the same level of international aid for development projects now as they did in 1990.
The developing world spends $13 on debt repayment for every $1 it receives in grant aid.