"In this new century, millions of people in the world's poorest countries remain imprisoned, enslaved, and in chains. They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom."

Nelson Mandela

Poverty can be defined as a lack of money and/or vital resources which renders it impossible or challenging for human beings to live with dignity and provide for themselves.

Eradicating poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice and the key to unlocking an enormous human potential. Still, nearly half of the world’s population lives in poverty, and lack of food and clean water is killing thousands every single day of the year. Together, we can feed the hungry, wipe out disease and give everyone in the world a chance to prosper and live a productive and rich life.

Why Poverty

Run Time: 2:14 - Nov 28, 2012

What Is Poverty

Run Time: 3:04 - Sep 14, 2015

Facts and Figures

Source (United Nations Development Programme)

736 million

736 million people still live in extreme poverty.

10%

10 percent of the world’s population live in extreme poverty, down from 36 percent in 1990.

1.3 billion

Some 1.3 billion people live in multidimensional poverty.

50%

Half of all people living in poverty are under 18.

1 in 10

One person in every 10 is extremely poor.

80%

80 percent of people living on less than $1.90 are in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Ending Poverty

Run Time: 1:35 - Jan 10, 2017

No Poverty

Run Time: 1:11 - Aug 9, 2019

How to Help Reduce Poverty

Run Time: 2:55 - Sep 17, 2010

Can We Reach Zero by 2030?

Run Time: 1:54 - Sep 15, 2015

Website: UN Sustainable Development Goals

This website provides facts, targets, printouts, links and related stories and videos about SDG 1 - No Poverty.

More than 700 million people, or 10% of the world population, still live in extreme poverty and is struggling to fulfil the most basic needs like health, education, and access to water and sanitation, to name a few. The majority of people living on less than $1.90 a day live in sub-Saharan Africa. Worldwide, the poverty rate in rural areas is 17.2 per cent—more than three times higher than in urban areas.

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Website: SDG Goal Tracker

SDG 1 Targets

This website provides facts, targets, and related stories about programmes contributing to SDG 1 - No Poverty.

1.1 By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day

1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children 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, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable

1.4 By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance

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Website: UN Development Programme

This website provides facts, and related stories about SDG 1 - No Poverty.

Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. While the number of people living in extreme poverty dropped by more than half between 1990 and 2015, too many are still struggling for the most basic human needs.

As of 2015, about 736 million people still lived on less than US$1.90 a day; many lack food, clean drinking water and sanitation. Rapid growth in countries such as China and India has lifted millions out of poverty, but progress has been uneven. Women are more likely to be poor than men because they have less paid work, education, and own less property.

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Additional SDG 8 Videos & Information

No Poverty Poster

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The Power Of One

Run Time: 2:06 - Sep 19, 2013