MDGs in Action
Quick facts and success stories
ERADICATE EXTREME POVERTY & HUNGER
Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1.25 a day
- The target of reducing extreme poverty rates by half was met five years ahead of the 2015 deadline.
- The global poverty rate at $1.25 a day fell in 2010 to less than half the 1990 rate. However, projections indicate that in 2015 almost one billion people will still be living on less than $1.25 per day.
Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
- Globally, 456 million workers lived below the $1.25 a day poverty line in 2011—a reduction of 233 million since 2000, heavily influenced by progress in East Asia.
- Vulnerable employment —insecure, poorly paid jobs—accounted for an estimated 58 per cent of all employment in developing regions in 2011, down from 67 per cent in 1991, with women and youth more likely to hold such positions.
- More than 80 per cent of working women in sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, and Southern Asia held vulnerable jobs in 2011.
- About 850 million people, or nearly 15 percent of the global population, are estimated to be undernourished.
- Despite some progress, nearly one in five children under age five in the developing world is underweight.
- Children in rural areas are nearly twice as likely to be underweight as those in urban areas.
- More than 42 million people have been uprooted by conflict or persecution
MDG 1 Infographic