IN 2000, THE UNITED NATIONS SET OUT A SERIES OF EIGHT GOALS to be met by 2015: the Millennium Development Goals. Now, with only five years left to achive those goals, the U.N is meeting to review progress at a summit taking place in New York from September 20-22.
This is the first in a series of posts examining each of the eight Millennium Development Goals. First up: poverty.
Goal #1: to halve the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day
So how close are we to ending world poverty? The share of those in developing nations living in extreme poverty is expected to fall to 15 percent by 2015, down from 46 percent in 1990. These gains are due to recent growth in China and India. But that leaves nearly a billion undernourished people today. That number is simply unacceptable.
What will you do today to help end global poverty?
The Global Poverty Project urges people to make small actions to bring about the end of poverty in one generation.
“Millennium News” is an MDG-themed newscast put together by teens in Nairobi: