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A quarter of the world has to survive on less than 70p a day. Millions have no health care and the world's population will increase by another 3 billion over the next 50 years. Even in the developed nations, poverty, education and healthcare need to be improved. To achieve these goals, the world's economy needs to grow but without causing problems for future generations. This is the challenge to Sustainable Development.

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Out of every 1000 children born, how many die each year before they get to the age of 5 in Europe? 7
164
22
89

Out of every 1000 children born, how many die each year before they get to the age of 5 in Africa? 37
167
64
196

In the UK, what proportion of elderley people over 65 suffer from malnutrition? 0%
2%
9%
14%

Using current estimates, when will the world's oil and gas supplies run out? 2010
2050
2085
2110

How many people do not have clean drinking water?
100,000
570,000
33 million
100 million

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