Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Where do we stand?

The global mobilization behind the Millennium Development Goals has produced the most successful anti-poverty movement in history, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The MDG target of reducing by half the proportion of people living in extreme poverty was achieved in 2010, well ahead of the 2015 deadline.

Number of people living on less than $1.25 a day worldwide, 1990-2015 (millions)
Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015.

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  • Since 1990, more than 1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty.
  • The proportion of undernourished people in the developing regions has fallen by almost half.
  • One in seven children worldwide are underweight, down from one in four in 1990.
  • Despite progress, almost half of the world’s employed people work in vulnerable conditions.
  • By the end of 2014, conflicts had forced almost 60 million people to abandon their homes.

Read more in The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015

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