Matters of Scale - Spending Priorities

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Amount of money needed each year (in addition to current expenditures) to provide reproductive health care for all women in developing countries
$12 billion
Amount of money spent annually on perfumes in Europe and the United States
$12 billion
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Amount of money needed each year (in addition to current expenditures) to provide water and sanitation for all people in developing nations
$9 billion
Amount of money spent annually on cosmetics in the United States
$8 billion
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Amount of money needed each year (in addition to current expenditures) to provide basic health an nutrition needs universally in the developing world
$13 billion
Amount of money spent each year on pet food in Europe and the United States
$17 billion
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Amount of money needed each year (in addition to current expenditures) to provide basic education for all people in developing nations
$6 billion
Amount of money spent each year on militaries worldwide
$780 billion
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Combined wealth of the world's richest 225 people
$1 trillion
Combined annual income of the world's poorest 2.5 billion people
$1 trillion
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Sources: U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), Human Development Report 1998 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), pages 30 through 37.