Some Encouraging Trends

 

 
Number of countries that had abolished the death penalty by 1900 0
Number that had abolished it by 2000 66
 

Number of countries that had voting rights for all adults, in 1900 0
Number that have full voting rights for all their adults now 190
 

Percentage of people in Malaysia who lived in poverty in 1960 60
Percentage living in poverty now 14
 

Child mortality per 1,000 live births in developing countries in 1980 168
Child mortality in those countries now 93
 

Number of countries that had ratified the Convention on Rights of the Child by 1980 60
Number that had ratified it by 1999 191
 

Agricultural production in Kenya’s Machakos district in 1930 12 tons per square km
Production in that district, which increased through use of terracing and water conservation, in 1987 110 tons per square km
 

Sources: Death penalty, universal adult suffrage, child mortality, and Convention on Rights of the Child: United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2000; Machakos agriculture: World Resources Institute, World Resources 2000-2001.

 

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