Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Statistics: United Nations

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  • The joint force to the Sudan will be the world’s largest peacekeeping operation and cost more than US$ 2 billion a year. It comprises 20,000 soldiers and 6,000 civilian police officers. It is hoped that deployment will begin in October 2007 and complete by the beginning of 2008. (The NY Times, 29 August 2007)
  • The UN spent US$18 billion on peacekeeping in the past five years, most of which went to Africa. (Associated Press, 29 August 2007)

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows grew in 2007 to an estimated US$1.5 trillion, surpassing the previous record set in the year 2000 (UNCTAD January 2008).
FDI flows to developed countries in 2007: US$1 trillion; fourth consecutive year with a record.
The European Union (EU) as a whole continued to be the largest host region, attracting almost 40% of total FDI inflows in 2007 (UNCTAD January 2008).
In Africa, FDI inflows in 2007 remained relatively strong. The unprecedented level of inflows (US$36 billion) (UNCTAD January 2008).
Sub-Saharan Africa received $12.5 billion in FDI during 2007, down from $13.8 billion in 2006.Both are still much higher than any past amount of FDI.
FDI into developing economies reached a record USD 471 billion in 2007, an increase of almost 30% over the previous record of USD 368 billion set in 2006(OECD).
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa accounted for approximately 50% to 60% of developing country inflows (OECD).

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