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SDG Newsletter - Goal 1: No Poverty

Updated: Apr 29, 2023

September 12, 2022

A Word From Our Executive Directors Welcome to the Project 17 newsletters. We hope that this newsletter will inform readers about the SDGs and connect our global network of participants between discussions. Through education about the SDGs, we hope to create more fruitful discourse around sustainability and the goals of the United Nations. If you have any topic or article suggestions, please let us know at We would love to hear and include your ideas. Happy reading! Yours, Thea Louise Dai and Wendy Wen Project 17 Co-founders and Executive Directors


The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are a call to action for all countries– both developed and developing– to engage in a global partnership to address the issues affecting communities around the globe. Ending poverty, improving health and education, reducing inequality, promoting economic growth, and mitigating climate change are all represented in the 17 goals. This page includes the development of the SDG plan, progress reports for past years, and subpages where you can explore the different issues that the United Nations are tackling.


Goal 1 - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs The first of the seventeen SDGs is “end poverty in all its forms everywhere”. The targets of no poverty is that by 2030, countries and the UN should work to completely eradicate extreme poverty (defined as people living on less than $1.25 a day, but in 2015 the standard was raised to $1.9) and reduce poverty by national standard (higher than the international $1.25 standard) in half. Furthermore, actions are taken to implement social protection systems, build resilience against shocks and disasters, and ensure access to a range of economic resources.

COVID-19 leaves a legacy of rising poverty and widening inequality - World Bank Blogs The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the most harmful for the world’s poorest. In 2021, the average incomes of the bottom 40 percent of the global income distribution are 6.7 percent lower than pre-pandemic projections. This decrease in income has resulted in a sharp increase in poverty globally– about 97 million more people are living on less than $1.90 a day, and globally, an estimated three to four years of progress against extreme poverty have been lost. Diverging economic recovery among different countries is estimated to increase between-country inequality for the first time in a generation.

Fact Sheet: An Adjustment to Global Poverty Lines - The World Bank Extreme poverty is defined as “a condition characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs”, and can be translated into an approximate monetary figure. The World Bank, based on price changes around the world, is considering adjusting the International Poverty Line from $1.9 to $2.15 per day starting fall, 2022. Beside the monetary indicator, we should also pay attention to multidimensional poverty, which happens when there is inadequate education, health, sanitation, water, electricity, etc.


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