Extreme poverty reduced in Asia and Pacific but "millions still deprived"

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Rural Samoa. UNDP/ Abril Esquivel

The Asia and Pacific region has made progress in reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty, but millions of people are still deprived.

That's according to a new United Nations report on the region.

It points out that the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 per day is projected to fall from 53 per cent in 1990 to 12 per cent by the end of this year.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

The report entitled "Making it happen: Technology, finance and statistics for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific" says the region has led the world in the drive to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In addition to the reduction in poverty, more than two-thirds of countries in the region are expected to cut by half the proportion of the population without safe drinking water.

On the education front, nearly all primary-age children now complete school and students at all levels of education benefit from gender parity the report adds.

However, the report says despite this progress, more still needs to be done for the 1.2 billion people in rural areas and 480 million in urban areas who still lacked access to basic sanitation in 2012.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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