The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development highlights the strong commitment of UN Member States and the international community to ending poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including by eradicating extreme poverty by 2030. This ambition builds on the remarkable achievements recorded during the era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2000, no one would have predicted that the first MDG target of cutting global extreme poverty in half would be achieved 5 years early; yet, by 2010, the world passed this milestone. Nearly 1.1 billion people globally escaped extreme poverty between 1990 and 2013, driven by strong economic growth that benefited the world’s poorest. Despite this progress, the number of people living in extreme poverty remains unacceptably high, with nearly 800 million living on or below US$1.90 per day. The road to 2030 will not be easy because economic growth alone will not be sufficient to help those remaining in extreme poverty to move out.
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