At the end of 2018, the RSS released our annual 'Statistics of the Year'. This was the second year of this exercise, to outline statistics from the year which we thought somehow captured the spirit of the year or told an overlooked story. Anyone can nominate a statistic to us, and our judging panel pick the strongest entries. Our aim is to engage the public with statistics, and it has largely been a successful exercise in generating public interest.
One of our 'highly commended' statistics was 9.5 - which was the percentage point reduction in worldwide ‘absolute poverty’ during the ten year period, 2008-18 based on World Bank figures defining absolute poverty as below US$1.90 a day.