One billion people taken out of extreme poverty, says UN

  • The UN has described the millennium development goals or MDGs as the “most successful anti-poverty movement” in history that has pulled over a billion people out of extreme poverty.

    However, the world continues to remain deeply mired in inequality even after the 15-year effort, according to the UN report.

    UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said that while the MDGs had made great strides against hunger and in boosting girls’ education, he was “keenly aware that inequalities persist.”

    Compared to the 1.9 billion people living on less than $1.25 per day in 1990, only 836 million people live on less than that amount today, the report says.

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