Global community could "finish job of ending extreme poverty"

Children in Kallayanpur slum, one of the urban slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh. UN Photo/Kibae Park

The global community could finish the job of ending extreme poverty for well under one per cent of the income of rich countries.

That's according to economist Jeffrey Sachs who is the UN Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of international poverty eradication targets due to expire at the end of 2015.

Mr Sachs says this year is a unique opportunity for this generation to set clear pathways to a safer, better, more prosperous world.

Elizabeth Philip spoke with the renowned development expert and began by asking him why 2015 is so crucial.

Duration: 4'22"

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