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The eradication of all forms of poverty remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. While the number of people living in extreme poverty has halved - from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 736  million in 2015  - far too many are still struggling to meet their most basic human needs.

The World Bank defines "extreme poverty" as a personal income of less than $ 1.9 a day - ie. about 13 kroner. And globally, more than 700 million people still live for less than 1.90  dollars a day; many lack access to adequate food, clean drinking water and sanitation. Rapid economic growth in countries such as China and India has lifted millions out of poverty, but progress has also been uneven. Women live more often 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, where 80 percent of the world's extremely poor live. This share is expected to increase due to new threats from climate change, conflicts and food insecurity.

 

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development is a courageous commitment to end what we started with the 2015 goals, and to eradicate all forms of poverty by 2030. It involves targeted action against vulnerable groups, increased access to basic resources and services and support for communities affected by conflict and climate-related disasters.

 

The elimination of poverty is one of the 17 global goals included in the development agenda for sustainable development towards 2030. An integrated approach is crucial for progress across the various goals.

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