SDG 1 – No Poverty

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

While global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, at the end of 2015, nearly one in ten people worldwide still lived in households with incomes below US$1.90 per capita per day. Significant progress has been made in many countries in East and Southeast Asia, but up to 42 per cent of the population in sub-Saharan Africa continues to live below the poverty line.

Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to sustain a livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion, and lack of participation in decision-making processes.

Economic growth must be inclusive to create sustainable jobs and promote equality. Social protection systems must be put in place to alleviate suffering in disaster-prone countries and provide support in the face of major economic risks. These systems will help strengthen the responses of affected populations to unexpected economic losses following disasters and ultimately end extreme poverty in the most impoverished areas.

Did you know?
In 2015, 736 million people lived in extreme poverty.
Of these, 413 million were in sub-Saharan Africa.

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