Goal 1: No Poverty
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Currently, 1 in 5 people - that’s 767 million people globally – living in developing countries live on less than $1.90 per day. The worst affected people live in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Extreme poverty is strongly linked to countries and regions affected by military and financial instability.
Younger populations are also more vulnerable to experiencing poverty due to lower incomes and unemployment; a situation that has become more pronounced by the global recession brought about by the pandemic.
Extreme poverty is not just about a lack of sufficient income; it also has many flow-on effects, which include hunger and malnutrition, fuel poverty, reduced access to education, social isolation and discrimination, exclusion from basic health and social protection services and decision-making processes. Poor people are also more vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters.
Goal 1 states that “Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality”. By 2030, the world aims to reduce global poverty by half, eradicate extreme poverty (people living on less than $1.25 per day), ensure that all people have access to basic services and create policy frameworks at all levels of government to support the investment in actions that eradicate poverty.
Significant work has already been achieved: since 1990, extreme poverty rates across the world have been cut in half.
Australia's Progress towards Goal 1
The Transforming Australia: SDG Progress Report provides key information about how Australia is progressing towards achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Visit the Transforming Australia website to see Australia’s progress towards Goal 1.
Do you want to know how to achieve the SDGs?
MSDI has partnered with McMaster University to create the world's most comprehensive repository of research evidence. Click here for the latest evidence and research from around the world aligned with Goal 1.
How is Monash helping tackle global poverty?
The Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability unites researchers who are interested in the business, economic and social problems affecting the developing world and the environment and sustainability more broadly. Poverty is amongst the many problems that CDES members are investigating.