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Number 1 of the Sustainable Development Goals pledges a strong commitment to end poverty in all its form by 2030.

On a global scale, it is estimated that approximately 800 million people still live on less than US$1.25 per day. Women have been found to be more likely to live in poverty than men (e.g. due to unequal access to paid work and poorer education). For this reason, progress has in eliminating poverty has been limited in other regions, such as South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, which account for 80 percent of those living in extreme poverty. New threats brought on by climate change, conflict and food insecurity, mean even more work is needed to bring people out of poverty.

Why it matters

While the prevalence of extreme poverty has dropped by more than half between 1990 and 2015 – from 1.9 billion to 836 million – many are still struggling to provide their most basic needs e.g. the means to feed. Rapid economic growth in countries like China and India has lifted millions out of poverty and its cycle in retrospect, but progress has been uneven in order parts of the world.

Ending poverty is an act of justice, not a task of charity. #Nohunger is the key to unlocking human potential. Everyone in the world deserves an opportunity to prosper and enjoy a life which is productive and rich.


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