7 Shocking Statistics Uncovered at the Davos World Economic Forum

Global leaders are currently gathering in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum. As collective minds, they are uncovering some fascinating truths about the world we live in today. With every advancement comes a seemingly equal amount of hardship, but the pursuit of a better world is what brings us all together. Let’s take a look at some shocking statistics we’ve found:

1. The total number of internet users exceeds 3 billion worldwide.

See the stats

2. The average person in the developed world spends $1.25/day for data connection – the same amount that the average person in the developing world spends on their total daily cost of living!

Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook

3. Only 22% of national parliamentarians are female.

Read the UN Study

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is changing that with 50/50 male and female cabinet representation

Read about the Canadian PM

4. The 62 richest people on earth own as much money as the poorest 50% of the global population.

Look at the numbers

5. In the last 25 years, we have cut childhood death in half.

Watch the video of Bill Gates’ attack on Polio

6. A commitment to become a net-zero emissions planet by the year 2050.

Read Richard Branson’s and the B Team’s statement

7. 39 million people have died from AIDS.

Bono fighting back with $350 million raised from (RED) Initiative products, stating that “you have political power in your spending power.” Shop

Much of the conversation in Davos has been about lingering global challenges – income inequality, refugees, natural disasters, illness and political strife, yet innovation is on our side. With technology rapidly advancing, how can we actively make the world a better place for everyone? Comment below with your thoughts and ideas on innovation with purpose.


Feature Image: By World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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