"Change starts by creating a seed of change, however small, and planting that seed a million times. Anyone can dedicate their time, energy, or money to help the UN achieve the MDGs. The UN plays a unique role in the world, but no single body is capable of affecting change everywhere, all the time. People at the grassroots level must join the UN in leading the charge for development and positive change everywhere." Muhammad Yunus
"Afghans and Iraqis continue to be the largest refugee populations under the UNHCR mandate with 3 million and 1.7 million refugees, respectively, at the end of 2010. Together they account for nearly half of all refugees under UNHCR's mandate."
Estimated that 20 million children are refugees or internally displaced because of armed conflicts.
Worldwide, one in every three women will be sexually or physically abused during her lifetime; one in 5 will survive rape; 3 million women die each year from gender related violence.
The UN estimates that almost 6 million children were in forced and bonded labor. 300,000 in armed conflict. Almost 2 million in prostitution and pornography. 600,000 drug trafficking. And over 1 million in slavery.
50 million unregistered children in the world—children who have no birth certificates.
Over 200,000 children die each year as direct result of armed conflict, an additional 600,000 are injured or disabled, 10,000 alone are annually injured from land mines.
Every minute that a person dies from armed conflict, in that same minute, 15 new weapons are made.
In Uganda an AK-47 is the same price as a chicken.
Darfur: 400,000 have been killed. More than 2.5 million displaced- 51 % of the region. 1.3 million children are living in refugee camps. Acute malnutrition has reached 27%.
Liberia has an estimated 15,000 child soldiers. Africa has estimated 100,000 child soldiers, and 300,000 worldwide. Some are as young as 7.
17% of displaced households report sexual assaults.
1994 Rwanda, every female over the age of 12 who survived the genocide was raped; 800,000 people killed in 100 days of armed conflict.
Congo, 27% of rape victims tested positive for HIV. So many women have been raped, killed and tortured that it is being called a femicide.
More than 5 million have been killed in the Second Congo War.
Afghanistan has half a million widows after 3 decades of conflict.
Estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked yearly.
Estimated 1.8 million sexually exploited.
143 million children are orphans - 1 out of every 13.
Estimated 40 million children are abused yearly.
Estimated 246 million engaged in child labor.
Estimated 171 million, with 73 million under 10, are working in hazardous conditions.
55% of births in developing countries go unreported; that's 50 million children with no identity.
130 million girls are subjected to genital mutilation.