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The Economist | Poverty: Not always with us

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Poverty
Not always with us
The world has an astonishing chance to take a billion people out of extreme poverty by 2030

HONG KONG AND WASHINGTON, DC

IN SEPTEMBER 2000 the heads of 147 governments pledged that they would halve the proportion of people on the Earth living in the direst poverty by 2015, using the poverty rate in 1990 as a baseline. It was the first of a litany of worthy aims enshrined in the United Nations “millennium development goals” (MDGs). Many of these aims—such as cutting maternal mortality by three quarters and child mortality by two thirds—have not been met. But the goal of halving poverty has been. Indeed, it was achieved five years early.

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