Goal 1: No poverty

Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. While the number of people living in extreme poverty dropped by more than half between 1990 and 2015 – from 1.9 billion to 836 million – too many are still struggling for the most basic human needs.

Globally, more than 800 million people are still living on less than US$1.25 a day, many lacking access to adequate food, clean drinking water and sanitation. Rapid economic growth in countries like China and India has lifted millions out of poverty, but progress has been uneven. Women are more likely to live in poverty than men due to unequal access to paid work, education and property.

Progress has also 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.

The SDGs are a bold commitment to finish what we started, and end poverty in all forms and dimensions by 2030. This involves targeting the most vulnerable, increasing access to basic resources and services, and supporting communities affected by conflict and climate-related disasters.

Facts and figures

650 million

650 million people still live in extreme poverty.

11%

11% of the world’s population live in extreme poverty, down from 28% in 1999.

US$1.25

About one in five persons in developing regions lives on less than US$1.25 per day.

42,000

Every day in 2014, an average of 42,000 people had to abandon their homes due to conflict.

80%

80% of people living on less than $1.25 are in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

250,000

Every day around the world, 250,000 people climb out of poverty.

  • By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions

  • Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable

  • By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance

  • By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters

  • Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions

  • Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions
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Goals in action
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Building new lives after decades of conflict

In Sri Lanka family-run businesses promote a peaceful recovery.

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Growing farming businesses in Sudan

Training and livelihoods for displaced people in Sudan’s South Kordofan state.

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Improving the health of Southeast Asia's largest lake

Tonle Sap in Cambodia is a key habitat for freshwater fish and many endangered species.

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Fresh local food in Botswana: "We are ready to meet this demand."

Farmers adopt new techniques to weather climate change.

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Giving vulnerable Bangladeshis the resources to cope with climate change

A densely populated, low-lying country dominated by floodplains, the country is exceptionally vulnerable to extreme weather.

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"It's my bank for my children's future."

Restoring small farms and forests in Samoa.

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"We knew that if we continued at this rate, we would not have a forest."

Preserving the livelihoods of those who depend on Kenyan forests.

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The pequi trees of redemption

How the Kisêdjê people of Brazil went from the brink of collapse to successful entrepreneurs.

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Chocolates for the future

A chocolate-making workshop teaches vital skills to young Bolivians.

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