Progress made in poverty reduction despite global economic downturn

Millennium Development Goals promotion

Millennium Development Goals promotion

Global efforts to reduce the number of people living in poverty have not been dampened by the global economic downturn and the high food and energy prices according to the latest UN Millennium Development Goals report.

The report says 15 per cent of the global population will be living in poverty by 2015, which is well under the MDG target of 23 per cent.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon launching the report in Geneva said greater effort was still required to assist developing countries make progress in the attainment of MDGs beyond the 2015 deadline.  

"We have success stories to point to, to build on and to scale up. But achieving all the MDGs will require extra effort. Even where we have seen rapid growth, as in East Asia and other parts of the developing world, progress is not universal, nor are the benefits evenly shared. Stubbornly high unemployment persists in rich and poor countries alike. And in many cases, the wealth gap is widening – between the prosperous and the marginalized, between urban and rural.  The poorest of the poor are being left behind.  We need to reach out and lift them into our lifeboat. Now is the time for equity, inclusion, sustainability and women's empowerment". 

Mr Ban noted that improvement in the quality of education has not kept pace with the solid gains made in school enrolment.

He said in developing countries, the poor state of maternal health remains a leading cause of death among expectant mothers, while more than more than 2.6 billion people still lack access to safe sanitation.

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