Sustainable Consumption and Environment
Despite the progress made in reducing poverty in recent decades, the number of people living in poverty globally remains unacceptably high. Progress has been uneven, and according to global growth forecasts, poverty reduction may not be fast enough to reach the UN’s target of ending extreme poverty by 2030. Access to good schools, health care, electricity, safe water and other critical services remains elusive for many people, often determined by socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, and geography. Moreover, for those who have been able to move out of poverty, progress is often temporary: economic shocks, food insecurity and climate change threaten to rob them of their hard-won gains and force them back into poverty. It will be critical to find ways to tackle these issues as we make progress toward 2030.