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Global poverty has fallen sharply over the last 25 years, according to UN development report

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Global poverty has dropped sharply over the last 25 years, according to the final United Nations report on the world’s Millennium Development Goals.

Between 1990 and 2015, the period in which the goals were measured, the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day fell from 1.9 billion to 846 million.

Though dramatic, the fall represents a narrow miss in terms of halving the number of people in extreme poverty.

Meanwhile, number of undernourished people fell from 23.3 per cent to 12.9 per cent.

“The report confirms that the global efforts to achieve the goals have saved millions of lives and improved conditions for millions more around the world,” UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said at the report’s launch.

“The MDGs helped to lift more than one billion people out of extreme poverty, to make inroads against hunger, to enable more girls to attend school than ever before and to protect our planet.



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