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Goal #1End Hunger & Extreme Poverty
Introduction

Over the years, we've been inundated with the statistics and the pictures of poverty around the world-so much so that many people in both the North and South have come to accept it as an unfortunate but unalterable state of affairs. The truth, however, is that things have changed in recent years. The world today is more prosperous than it ever has been. The technological advances we have seen in recent years have created encouraging new opportunities to improve economies and reduce hunger.

The targets

Goal 1 of the Millennium Development Goals sets out by the year 2015:

1. Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day.

2. Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.

Did you know?

Did you know that in our world today:

  • One third of deaths – some 18 million people a year or 50,000 per day – are due to poverty-related causes. That’s 270 million people since 1990, the majority women and children, roughly equal to the population of the US. (Reality of Aid 2004)
  • Every year more than 10 million children die of hunger and preventable diseases – that’s over 30,000 per day and one every 3 seconds. (80 Million Lives, 2003 / Bread for the World / UNICEF / World Health Organization)
Achieving the Goals

Doctors at a local health clinic in Brazil learned the reason their patients who regularly came in with health problems related to poverty stopped coming was due to a national anti-hunger program that gave children three meals a day.

“It was simply that these children were starting to eat better,” says Nélia Maria Cruz, the clinic’s chief.

The children were among thousands who have benefited from Fome Zero (“Zero Hunger”), a national effort to eliminate hunger in Brazil.

The program’s formula is simple: Give each Brazilian the opportunity to have at least three meals a day. It might not seem like such a bold challenge but approximately one quarter of Brazil’s 170 million people currently live below the poverty line.

To meet the immediate needs of everyone who goes hungry in the country, the government needs to provide emergency help to 11 million families, according to official estimates. At the same time, the effort must include long-term actions to enable the population to manage on its own, so that in the future every family is able to buy its own food.

by Rogerio Waldrigues Galindo from Perspectives in Health

Goal News
Geneva - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) seeks to galvanize global efforts against poverty by launching a new TV spot directed by world renowned film director Wim Wenders, starring UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Zinédine Zidane and Ronaldo. Created pro-bono by the advertising agency Young & Rubicam (Paris) and produced by LDM Productions the spot shot in Paris on 23 April will be released during the second week of October. It will be broadcast worldwide thanks to the generous support of television channels and networks.

Prime Minister John Howard took delivery today of thousands of postcards with a clear message about meeting the goal to halve global poverty by 2015. 24,300 Australians from across the country had sent postcards to encourage the government to keep up the effort to meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals, set in 2000.


New York – Extreme poverty has begun falling in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the 2007 United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mid-point progress report.

According to the report which was recently released by the United Nations Information Centre, extreme poverty in the region fell from 46.8 percent in 1990 to 41.1 percent in 2004, registering an effective decline of 5.7 percentage points.


SAN SALVADOR, Sep 11 (IPS) – After several years’ delay, authorities in El Salvador are about to permanently close down the unofficial open-air rubbish dumps that have polluted the country for decades.

But experts and activists are not satisfied with the decision, saying it deals only with the final disposal of waste, while neglecting environmental education and awareness-raising on the recycling and classifying of garbage.