Millennium Development Report, 2013

Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty And Hunger

Target 1.A: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day

  • The MDG target has been met, but 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty

Target 1.B:Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people

  • The slowing of economic growth spells continued job losses, with young people bearing the brunt of the crisis
  • Though working poverty has declined, over 60 per cent of workers in the developing world still live on less than $4 a day

Target 1.C: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

  • The hunger reduction target is within reach if recent slowdowns in progress can be reversed
  • More than 100 million children under age five are still undernourished and underweight
  • Despite steady gains, one in four children around the world show signs of stunted growth
  • The number of people uprooted by conflict or persecution is at its highest level in 18 years
Quick Facts
  • Poverty rates have been halved, and about 700 million fewer people lived in conditions of extreme poverty in 2010 than in 1990
  • The economic and financial crisis has widened the global jobs gap by 67 million people
  • One in eight people still go to bed hungry, despite major progress
  • Globally, nearly one in six children under age five are underweight; one in four are stunted
  • An estimated 7 per cent of children under age five worldwide are now overweight, another aspect of malnutrition; one quarter of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa
Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

Target 2.A: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling

  • If current trends continue, the world will not meet the goal of universal primary education by 2015
  • Poverty is a key factor keeping children out of school, but gender and place of residence also matter
  • One in four children who enter primary school will probably leave before reaching the last grade
  • Literacy rates among adults and youth are on the rise, and gender gaps are narrowing

 Quick Facts

  • In 2011, 57 million children of primary school age were out of school, down from 102 million in 2000
  • More than half of these out-of-school children live in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Globally, 123 million youth (aged 15 to 24) lack basic reading and writing skills; 61 per cent of them are young women

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