FACTBOX-Progress in the U.N. Millennium Development Goals
Sept 20 (Reuters) - Financially-strapped rich countries will call for a rethink of strategies to make sure their aid funds are not wasted when world leaders meet this week to discuss U.N. goals to tackle global poverty. The eight goals are meant to be achieved by 2015.
Following is a description of the goals and progress made so far:
REDUCING GLOBAL POVERTY AND HUNGER
Goal: to halve the number of people living below the poverty line of $1.25 a day and halve the number of people going hungry.
* The goal of cutting the poverty rate in half appears well within reach by 2015, according to a World Bank report which notes that, excluding China, the drop in poverty will be less dramatic but still make the grade.
* Of the 84 developing countries with available data, 45 have already achieved or are on schedule to meet the poverty reduction target; the rest are off track, especially in Africa.
* The world is not on track to halve hunger by 2015 mainly because of setbacks caused by record food price increases in 2008. In 1990, the share of hungry people was 20 percent; by 2005 it had dropped to 16 percent, but rose to an estimated 19 percent in 2009.
ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION
Goal: to ensure that all boys and girls get a complete primary school education. Continued...