SDG 1: NO POVERTY

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Have you ever thought about what poverty actually is? At first glance it seems a concept we can all perfectly understand, but do you know what it really means? Poverty is about so much more than a mere lack of resources.

Poverty means malnutrition, no access to education and other basic services, discrimination, exclusion... There are some alarming world facts that we need reverse as quickly as possible, such as: one in four children under the age of five are smaller than the appropriate height for their age. They all belong to the 836 million people that still live in extreme poverty, having to survive on less than $1.25 per day (2015).

Ending poverty is the first of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals approved by the UN in September 2015, when more than 150 heads of state and government met at the Sustainable Development Summit to approve Agenda 2030.

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Key facts for undesrtanding world poverty

Who's affected?

836 million people are currently living

in extreme poverty.

< 1,25 $/day

Specifically, they have to survive on less than 1,25 $ per day.

+50% are children:

one in four children under the age of five are under the appropriate height for their age.

And the global distribution?

84% are found in sub-Saharan Africa (51%) and South Asia (33%)

The 10 countries with the highest percentage of poverty

Are found in Africa, the inhabitants of which survive on less than 1,25 $/day for every 100 residents

90

80

70

60

50

40

30

20

10

0

Mozambique

Rwanda

Zambia

Guinea-Bissau

Malawi

South Sudan

Burundi

Dem. Rep of the Congo

Madagascar

Central African Republic

Main causes

Unemployment, social exclusion and the increased vulnerability of certain populations to natural disasters and disease.

Is there a solution?

50%

Even if poverty has been halved since the year 2000, we need to focus on increasing the incomes and alleviating the suffering of the most vulnerable.

 

 SEE INFOGRAPHIC: Key facts for understanding world poverty [PDF]

Why is the Goal 1 so important?

Today millions of people are struggling to satisfy their most basic needs, such as health, education, sanitation, access to drinking water and affordable as well as sustainable energy, etc. Even if largely focused in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, this problem also affects developed countries: 30 million children, in the richest countries in the world, grow up within the confines of poverty.

The main causes of poverty are unemployment, social exclusion and the increased vulnerability of certain populations to natural disasters and disease. All of such generate inequality and, since growing disparity is detrimental to economic development and undermines social cohesion, tension and conflict may arise.

Objectives

Even if poverty has been halved since the year 2000, we still need to intensify efforts to increase incomes and alleviate suffering for those most vulnerable. The objectives for 2030 are:

  • Eradicate extreme poverty throughout the world.
  • Put appropriate social protection systems and measures into practice.
  • Guarantee that everyone has the same rights to economic resources and access to basic services.
  • Foster the resilience of those individuals in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure to climatic, economic, social and environmental disasters.
  • Guarantee a significant mobilisation of resources through improved developmental cooperation.
  • Create sound policy frameworks to support investment in measures to eradicate poverty.

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