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 Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Goal 1 at a glance

What are some of the facts about poverty and what are we doing to take action? MORE >

UNDP in Georgia

Life on the Edge

An initiative in the Shida Kartli region, that borders the conflict divide with South Ossetia, is helping people find stability, economic growth, and hope for the future. MORE >

UNDP in Europe and Central Asia

Progress at Risk: Inequalities and Human Development in Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Central Asia

What is the landscape of poverty, inequality, and human development in the region? MORE >

UNDP in Azerbaiajan

Breaking the cycle of poverty

Rural women are opening new businesses, hoping to break the cycles of early marriage and poverty. MORE >

UNDP in Armenia

Adding value to agriculture

Meet Armine, founder of a new cooperative applying good business sense to agriculture. MORE >

UNDP in Kosovo*

The new entrepreneurs

Meet a new generation of talent, shaping the future one idea at a time. MORE >

UNDP in fYR Macedonia

One solution can "feed" multiple benefits

The Community Works Programme tackles two of the country’s biggest development challenges at the same time. MORE >

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