- According to the United Nations the number of countries around the world currently involved in violent conflicts is at the highest point of the last 30 years. Violent conflicts that can be classified as wars based on the level of casualties being produced has tripled since 2007.
- For the fifth consecutive year in a row the world has set a new record for the number of forcibly displaced people sliding hopelessly across the worlds borders. The United Nations refugee agency announced last week that the world now has 68.5 million forcibly displaced people. More than 16 million of these were newly displaced last year. This is an average of almost 44,000 newly displaced people per day in 2017.
- Three countries host more than half of the world’s refugees today and they are not the countries being featured in the news. In 2017 Turkey took in 20% of the world’s new refugees, Bangladesh 18%, and Uganda 15%. As the poorer countries of the world take in the bulk of the displaced populations, the head of the United Nations refugee agency noted that the more affluent countries of Europe and North America are discussing policies for greater isolation and more tightly sealed borders.
- According to the Commonwealth Fund, which ranks the healthcare quality and systems of developed nations, the United States spends more on healthcare and gets less in return than any of its peer countries and this is a trend that has held for the past 20 years. Last year 16.6% of US GDP was spent on healthcare. For all this money spent, 27 million people in the US did not have health insurance last year, also the highest number on the list of ranked countries. Switzerland was second on the ranking of amount spent with 11.4% of GDP going to healthcare in 2017. Switzerland had an above average ranking in the quality of their healthcare and systems. The United Kingdom had the highest ranked healthcare quality and system identified by the study. US life expectancy has declined two years in a row for the first time since the 1960s.
According to a study from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) we have seen an increase in global fragmentation and disorder as demonstrated by more widespread internal violence in nations across the globe. This violence is being carried out by a larger number of armed and violent organizations and groups operating within their nation’s borders. In the years between 2001 and 2016 there were 30 non-international conflicts in the world. In 2017 alone there were more than 70 non-international conflicts unfolding around the world.