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- The poverty reduction goal can be met by 2015, with the number of people in developing countries living on less than US$1.25 a day expected to fall below 900 million (from 1.8 billion in 1990).
- Sub-Saharan Africa has made the greatest strides in primary school enrolment, from 58 per cent in 1999 to 76 per cent in 2009; however, 32 million children are still out of school in the region, almost half the global total of 67 million.
- The number of women in parliament is at a record high – 19.3 per cent from 11.6 per cent in 1995; Rwanda, Sweden, South Africa and Cuba topped the list. Belize, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu have no female parliamentarians at all.
- In all regions, a mother’s education is key to determining whether her children will turn five, with a child’s chances of survival rising markedly with a mother’s secondary or higher education.
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