One fifth of developing world population lives in extreme poverty

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A scavenger picks through garbage in a low-income neighbourhood of Jakarta, Indonesia. World Bank/Farhana Asnap

One in five people in the developing world still live on less than $1.25 a day, despite the progress that has been made in eradicating global poverty according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon spoke at an event at UN headquarters in New York to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October.

He said that the goal of lifting people out of poverty has been a central aim of the organization throughout its history.

Mr Ban pointed out that between 1990 and 2010 at least 700 million more people were living above the poverty line.

"Despite this enormous success, one of every five persons in developing regions lives on less than $1.25 a day. Where poverty persists, development gains are difficult to achieve and even harder to sustain. Where poverty and inequality are entrenched, instability and conflict are far more likely to erupt. Where poverty holds sway anywhere, people are held back everywhere."(29")

Mr Ban said that the discussion of poverty would not be complete without mentioning the risks posed by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

He warned that the disease is a threat not only to health, but to economic progress and the inroads against poverty that were being made in the region.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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