MDG 1 | Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

Target 1:
Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day

  • The global economic crisis has slowed progress, but the world is still on track to meet the poverty reduction target
  • Prior to the crisis, the depth of poverty had diminished in almost every region

Target 2:
Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people

  • Deterioration of the labour market, triggered by the economic crisis, has resulted in a decline in employment
  • As jobs were lost, more workers have been forced into vulnerable employment
  • Since the economic crisis, more workers find themselves and their families living
    in extreme poverty

Target 3:
Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

  • Hunger may have spiked in 2009, one of the many dire consequences of the global
    food and financial crises
  • Progress to end hunger has been stymied in most regions
  • Despite some progress, one in four children in the developing world are still underweight
  • Children in rural areas are nearly twice as likely to be underweight as those in urban areasn
  • In some regions, the prevalence of underweight children is dramatically higher among the poor
  • Over 42 million people have been uprooted by conflict or persecution
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