Goal 1: No poverty    

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. While the number of people living in extreme poverty has dropped by more than half – from 1.9 billion in 1990, to 836 million in 2015 – too many are still struggling for the most basic human needs.

Globally, more than 800 million people are still living on less than $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 also been uneven. Women are disproportionately 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 the global total of those living in extreme poverty. This rate is expected to rise due to new threats brought on by climate change, conflict and food insecurity.

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

Ending poverty is one of 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. An integrated approach is crucial for progress across the multiple goals.

Learn more about the targets for Goal 1.

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National Human Development Report for Ethiopia
National Human Development Report

The latest Ethiopia National Human Development Report explores the relationship between inclusive industrialisation and sustainable human development. It initiates development policy discourse among stakeholders for expanding peoples’ choices that goes beyond improved income. This report has indeed been beneficial in providing evidence based analysis and policy options for accelerating inclusive industrialization with the aim of advancing human development. The report examines the linkages between industrialization and human development are not automatic and hence needs to be managed for better outcome on human development. Ethiopia’s 2018 National Human Development Report (NHDR) argues that to achieve sustainable outcome, the country’s industrialization needs to have human development as its primary end goal and follow an inclusive and green approach that creates decent jobs, ensures gender parity, and protects the environment. more 

MPI launch in Ethiopia
Ethiopia launch - MPI

The traditional concept of poverty is outdated, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). New data demonstrate more clearly than ever that labeling countries - or even households - as rich and poor is an oversimplification.more 

Left to Right: Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, UN Humanitarian Coordinator; Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator of UNDP; Mr. Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and H.E Mr. Mitiku Kassa Commissioner of the National Disaster Risk Managment Commission visiting Gode, Somali region of Ethiopia
UNDP and OCHA Chiefs renew call for new way of working to address recurrent crises and secure development gains

Ethiopia has been leading the way in operationalizing the NWoW to build the resilience of its people and reduce the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance. The government is scheduled to call a high level partners meeting to develop concrete actions around NWOW commitments.more 

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