World is more than 450 years off target from meeting child poverty promise

The world is 452 years away from delivering on the promise of ending extreme child poverty, new figures commissioned by Save the Children show. This timescale of four and half centuries is as remote from today as the reign of the English Queen Elizabeth I.

World leaders pledged to bring an end to extreme poverty by 2030 in the Sustainable Development Goals agreed at the UN in New York, in 2015. But at the current rate of progress, the last child projected to leave extreme poverty will not do so until 2482 – 18 generations later than the agreed global target.

This child will live in sub-Saharan Africa, a region which, by 2030, is expected to account for almost 90% of the 167 million children globally living on less than $1.90 a day, the threshold for measuring extreme poverty.

The stark findings come ahead of this week’s annual gathering of world leaders in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum, where the theme is ‘Responsive and Responsible Leadership’.

The need for an intensified focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty, is expected to be an important part of the discussions ahead of a year of political and economic uncertainty.