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Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

Target

 Goal 1
  • Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1.25 a day
  • Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
  • Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

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Progress

Progress on Halving Extreme Poverty

  • 55 percent of developing countries (47 countries) are on target
  • 25 percent (21 countries) are close to being on target
  • 20 percent (17 countries) are far behind the target

Among the low-income countries, six countries have achieved or are on target to halve extreme poverty:

  • Cambodia, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Mauritania

Progress on Halving Hunger

  • 45 percent of developing countries (25 countries) are on target
  • 33 percent (18 countries) are close to being on target
  • 22 percent (12 countries) are far behind the target.

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Overview

On the whole, the fight against poverty is progressing well. Based on current economic projections, the world remains on track to reduce by half the number of people living in extreme poverty.

The number of people living on less than $1.25 a day is projected to be 883 million in 2015, compared with 1.4 billion in 2005 and 1.8 billion in 1990.

Much of this progress reflects rapid growth in China and India, while many African countries are lagging behind: 17 countries are far from halving extreme poverty, even as the aggregate goals will be reached.

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