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What's Happening? - SDG 1. No Poverty

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Please visit this page regularly for significant developments concerning the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ending poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030.

See also: Halcyon Poverty Headlines.


Every day, 217,000 people rise out of extreme poverty globally,

The Economist suggested that extreme poverty could be largely eradicated in 20 years, though the comments to its piece make it clear that not everyone is so optimistic.

The world has already made great progress in reducing extreme poverty – nearly 1.1 billion people have escaped extreme poverty since 1990. Still, nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 per day, and reaching them will become harder and harder as we get closer to 2030. Reducing inequality is a key component to making growth work better for the poorest, and helping millions across the globe improve their lives.

2011 was the first since the industrial revolution where less than 1 billion people were living in extreme poverty in the world (as defined by living on less than $1.90 a day). Since then, the number of people living in poverty has continued to decline drastically. Today, 6.6 billion of the world’s 7.3 billion people do not live in extreme poverty.

Data from the World Development Indicators also help monitor the SDGs. For example, these World Bank's poverty data are based on primary household survey data obtained from government statistical agencies.

Jacaranda Health provides high quality and affordable maternity clinics for low-income women in Nairobi, Kenya.

Who Does Global Poverty Threaten examined a growing tendency to view global poverty as a threat not to the acutely poor but to elites in the global North. Unchecked migration, terrorism, and disease vectors are seen as manifestations of that threat, against which elites now seek.