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SDG 1: No poverty

This step introduces SDG 1: the current situation, the importance of eradicating poverty, and the projected goals.

According to the United Nations, nearly half of the world’s population currently lives in poverty Addressing Poverty

Of those living in poverty, over 800 million people live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than US $1.25 a day. They lack access to proper nutrition, clean drinking water, and adequate health services. Poverty is also the root cause of many human rights and labour rights violations. For example, child labour, forced labour and human trafficking are each deeply connected to poverty.

You can track poverty levels at the World Bank’s Poverty tracker, here: PIP-The World Bank Poverty is measured based on purchasing power parity (PPP), which allows each country’s income and consumption data to be put in globally comparable terms. The PPP is computed on the basis of price data from across the world about how much services and consumables cost – a basket of goods and services that would $2.15 on average. This allows the poverty line to be measured in all countries by the same standard. Fact Sheet: An Adjustment to Global Poverty Lines

The COVID-19 pandemic reversed progress in global poverty reduction for the first time in a generation in 2020. Its lingering effects, combined with rising inflation and the effects of the war in Ukraine, will lead between 75 million and 95 million additional people to live in extreme poverty in 2022 compared to pre-COVID-19 projections. Fact Sheet: An Adjustment to Global Poverty Lines

The first Sustainable Development Goal, SDG 1: No poverty, includes specific targets to eradicate extreme poverty, and ensure proper access to economic resources for all individuals around the world. It calls for the mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, as well partnerships between developing and developed countries.

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Sustainable Development provides this helpful infographic to explain SDG 1.

SDG1 Infograpic

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