In 1990 the UN decided that the extreme poverty in the world should be cut in half by 2015. Last week the World Bank Group announced that the goal has been met 5 years earlier than planned. It's amazing news but you won't find it in the headlines.
Maternal mortality have dropped by 30% since 1990.
Illiteracy has been cut in half since the 70's.
Deforestation rates are dropping world wide.
The Global Hunger Index numbers drop each decade.