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 – from 1.9 billion to 836 million – too many are still struggling for the most basic human needs.

Globally, more than 800 million people are still living on less than US$1.25 a day, many lacking access to adequate food, clean drinking water and sanitation. Rapid economic growth in countries like China and India has lifted millions out of poverty, but progress has been uneven. Women are more likely to live in poverty than men due to unequal access to paid work, education and property.

Progress has also been limited in other regions, such as South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, which account for 80 percent of those living in extreme poverty. New threats brought on by climate change, conflict and food insecurity, mean even more work is needed to bring people out of poverty.

The SDGs are a bold commitment to finish what we started, and end poverty in all forms and dimensions by 2030. This involves targeting the most vulnerable, increasing access to basic resources and services, and supporting communities affected by conflict and climate-related disasters.

Goals in action

UNDP in Côte d’Ivoire

More than 250,000 people see lives improve through anti-poverty programme

Akissin is one of more than 274,000 people who have benefited from the UNDP-led Programme d’Appui à la Réduction de la Pauvreté – PARP (Poverty Reduction Support Programme) to improve living conditions and fight poverty in the country. MORE >

UNDP in Tanzania

Keeping children worm-free in Tanzania

The Access and Delivery Partnership, led by UNDP, helps build national capacities for the delivery of new health technologies for tuberculosis, malaria, and neglected tropical diseases like schistosomiasis. MORE >

UNDP in Mali

Supporting Mali's women to adapt to climate change

Climate change has led to more drought and shorter rainy seasons in Mali. The government has partnered with UNDP to strengthen agricultural communities and empower women to mitigate the social and economic impacts of climate change. MORE >

UNDP in Africa

Social protection renews optimism for sustainable development

A positive and impactful transformation is taking place in Africa and the Global South: the impressive growth in social protection systems, the establishment of new foundations for advancing sustainable development and for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. MORE >

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