Marking its 15th anniversary, the World Bank Group’s Doing Business report notes that 3,188 business reforms have been carried out since it began monitoring the ease of doing business around the world.
There has been substantial progress in reducing child mortality in the past several decades. Between 1990 and 2016, the global under-five mortality rate dropped by 56 percent from 93 deaths per 1,000 live births to 41 deaths per 1,000 live births. Over the last sixteen years, the reduction in child mortality rates accelerated, compared to the previous decade. As a consequence, around 50 million more young children survived the first five years of life since 2000, who would have died had under-five mortality remained at the same level as in 2000. Read More.
Despite most regions seeing falls over the last fifteen years, smoking remains popular in many countries, especially among men. Nearly half of men in East Asia & Pacific smoke, as do more than a third in Europe & Central Asia. Women smoke less than men in all regions. Read More.
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