In its 2013 report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations (UN) stated, “The world reached the poverty reduction target five years ahead of schedule.” 
Most of the worldwide reductions in poverty have occurred in Asia, particularly China. Other regions of the world, notably sub-Saharan Africa, have far to go to achieve MDG 1.
In May 2013, the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, tasked with updating the UN MDGs, published its recommendations with a new vision for the development community. “Our vision and our responsibility are to end extreme poverty in all its forms in the context of sustainable development and to have in place the building blocks of sustained prosperity for all.” 
Figure 3. The MDG Target Has Been Met, but 1.2 Billion People Still Live in Extreme Poverty*
The panel, co-chaired by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyuno, president of Indonesia; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia; and David Cameron, prime minister of Great Britain, calls for five transformative shifts in the post-2015 development agenda. Describing the first of these, “Leave no one behind,” the panel wrote, “We must keep faith with the original promise of the MDGs, and now finish the job. After 2015 we should move from reducing to ending extreme poverty, in all its forms. We should ensure that no person—regardless of ethnicity, gender, geography, disability, race or other status—is denied universal human rights and basic economic opportunities.” 
 United Nations, 2013, “The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013”
(New York: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs), 6. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/pdf/report-2013/mdg-report-2013-english.pdf.
 Monrovia Communiqué of the High Level Panel, 1 February 2013 (http://www.post2015hlp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Monrovia-Communique-1-February-2013.pdf), as cited in United Nations, 2013, “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development—The Report of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda,” Executive Summary (New York: United Nations), 7. http://www.un.org/sg/management/pdf/HLP_P2015_Report.pdf.
 United Nations, 2013, “A New Global Partnership,” 8.
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Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- Taking Steps to Target the Poorest
- A Global Context for Extreme Poverty
- Microfinance & Health Providers Can Partner for Greater Results
- Commercial & Social Businesses Can Expand Value Chains to Include Those in Poverty
- Mobile Network Operators Can Build Systems that Reach the Poorest and Most Remote
- Regulators & Policymakers Can Build a National Ecosystem for Inclusion
- Social Support Payments Can Become a Bridge to Financial Inclusion
- Being Accountable for Results
- A Commitment to End Extreme Poverty by 2030
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