MDG 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

girls worldwide say "together we can end extreme poverty and hunger"

The aim is to halve the number of people living on less than US $1 a day and halve the number of people who suffer from hunger by 2015.

Are targets being met?

  • The goal to halve the number of people living on less than US$1 a day by 2015 is still within reach but this is mainly due to huge success in Asia.
  • Unfortunately there has been little progress in reducing extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Africa has been the least successful region of the world in reducing poverty. The number of poor people in Africa doubled between 1981 and 2005 with the average poor person living on just US $0.70 per day.

Did you know?

  • Poverty in all countries always hits children, especially girls, the hardest.
  • One third of deaths – some 18 million people a year or 50,000 per day – are due to poverty. That’s 270 million people since 1990, the majority women and children, about the same as the population of the US.
  • Every year more than 10 million children die of hunger and preventable diseases – that’s 30,000 per day and one every 3 seconds.
  • The World Bank estimates that 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty (1 in 4 people).
  • In all countries – including developed countries – there are families living in conditions which are below the acceptable standard of living in that country

Position Statements

WAGGGS has published several position statements on issues that are relevant to girls and young women worldwide. The statements contain information on what WAGGGS has to say about the topic, background facts and case studies. WAGGGS’ Member Organizations can find them on the Members’ Area of WAGGGS’ website or you can request them from


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