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| Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty has decreased from 36% in 1990 to 10% in 2015. However, the rate at which this change is taking place is slowing, and the COVID-19 19 crisis puts decades of progress in fight against poverty at risk .  New research published by the United Nations University's World Institute for Development Economic Research warns that the economic consequences of the global pandemic could increase poverty worldwide, affecting another 500 million people., or what is the same, 8 % more than the total world population. This would be the first time that poverty has increased worldwide in 30 years, since 1990.

More than 700 million people, or 10% of the world's population, still live in extreme poverty today, struggling to meet the most basic needs such as health, education and access to water and sanitation, to name a few. Most people living on less than $1.90 a day live in sub-Saharan Africa. Worldwide, poverty rates in rural areas are 17.2%; more than triple the same rates for urban areas.

For those who work, their employment does not guarantee a decent life. In fact,  8%  of workers around the world and their families lived in extreme poverty in 2018. One in five children lives in extreme poverty. Ensure social protection for all children and other vulnerable groups​​ it is crucial to reducing poverty.


Response to COVID-19  


Developing countries are most at risk during and after the pandemic, not just in terms of health crises, but in terms of devastating social and economic crises in the months and years to come. According to the UNDP, income losses are expected to exceed $220 billion in developing countries, and it is estimated that 55% of the world's population does not have access to social protection. These losses will impact all societies and affect education, human rights and, in the most serious cases, basic food and nutrition security.

To help the poorest and most vulnerable populations, the UN has developed a Framework for Immediate Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19, with which to call to dramatically expand international support and political commitment to ensure that people around the world have access to essential services and social protection.


The United Nations Fund for COVID-19 Response and Recovery aims to help, in particular, low- and middle-income countries, as well as vulnerable groups.​​ who are disproportionately suffering from the socioeconomic effects of the pandemic. The women leaders convened by the United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, called for support for the United Nations roadmap for social and economic recovery and for the full funding of the United Nations Response and Response Fund.


| Notable Data  

  • About 783 million people live below the international poverty line at $1.90 a day.

  • In 2016, less than 10% of workers worldwide lived with their families on less than $1.90 a day per person.

  • In the world there are 122 women, between 25 and 34 years old, who live in extreme poverty for every 100 men in the same age group.

  • Most people living below the poverty line live in two regions: South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • High poverty rates are often found in small, vulnerable countries.​​ and affected by conflict.

  • One in four children under the age of five in the world has inappropriate height for their age.

  • In 2016, only 45 percent of the world's population was effectively covered by a social protection system with at least one cash benefit.

  • In 2017, economic losses due to disasters, including three major hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean, were estimated to be more than $300 billion.

| Goal 1  

1.1  By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people in the world, currently measured by a per capita income of less than $1.25 a day.

1.2  By 2030, reduce by at least half the proportion of men, women, boys and girls of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions, according to national definitions.

1.3  Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all and, by 2030, achieve broad coverage of the poor and the most vulnerable.

1.4  By 2030, ensure that all men and women, especially the poor and the most vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control of land and other assets, heritage, natural resources, new technologies and economic services, including microfinance.

1.5  By 2030, increase the resilience of poor and vulnerable people​​ and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to extreme weather events and other economic, social and environmental disasters.

1st  Ensure significant mobilization of resources from various sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide sufficient and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programs and policies aimed at eradicating poverty in all its dimensions.

1.b  Create strong policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor development strategies with a gender perspective, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication.

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