Things that the world worries about…

…or not. Let’s start with the good news: It isn’t all doom and gloom.

In some countries the population is more optimistic than not. The countries include China, Saudi Arabia, India, Argentina, Peru, Canada and Russia.

But…

A sizeable chunk of the world’s population is unhappy with the direction their country is going in, according to a survey that also reveals what people in different nations are most concerned about.

Then again, just as an example, Sweden seems to be worried about homicide – yet it has one of the lowest homicide rates in the world. Which just goes to show that what people are worried about and what they should be worried about doesn’t always tie up.

But, if it makes good headlines, why hold back? Thus, if you keep in mind the Swedish example mentioned above, as you read the World Economic Forums article What are people in your country most worried about?  – you’ll come to realise that there is much less to worry about than suggested.

“Fear nothing but fear itself” comes to mind.

 

How Has the World Changed in the Last 20 Years?

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Twenty years ago, the international community gathered in Cairo, Egypt, to explore how the world was changing and how those changes were affecting the most vulnerable. At the 1994 meeting, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the world agreed that population issues – including voluntary family planning, maternal and child health, migration, and gender equality – are not just about counting people, but about making sure that every person counts.

At the conference, 179 governments signed on to the ICPD Programme of Action, which recognises that women, their rights and equality are global development priorities. The governments committed to: providing universal access to voluntary family planning, sexual and reproductive health services and rights; delivering gender equality and equal access to education; addressing the impacts of urbanization and migration; and supporting sustainable development.

Today, the world is very different, transformed by the digital revolution and advances in medicine and human knowledge. But has it changed in the ways we hoped it would?

In this set of amazing data there are lots of positives. Shown here are just some of the figures. Read more here about how the UNFPA sees some of the biggest ways our world is different, and what more must be done.

Adolescent childbearing has dropped by half in some countries
Deaths in child birth have dropped
Life expectancy has increased

See the world through a child’s eyes

Creative ideas from the Museum of Childhood at the V&A. A collection of beautiful street art created by a group of award winning illustrators, showing how London looks through the eyes of a child. Surely something that could be… borrowed for a campaign?