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Developing Countries Make Gains Against Extreme Poverty
According to a recent release by the World Bank, there has been positive progress made toward the reduction of extreme poverty, despite a 59 percent increase in the developing world’s population. In 2010, there were 1.2 billion people living on less than $1.25 a day, which is less than there were three decades ago (1.9 billion).

However, despite its falling poverty rates, SubSaharan Africa is the only region in the world for which the number of poor individuals has risen steadily and dramatically between 1981 and 2010,” notes the report.

While many humanitarian groups and activists have noted the positive progress toward reaching the goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 20, they also warn of the danger of becoming complacent. Speaking at a TED conference in February, the One organization’s Bono cautioned, “We can’t get this done until we really accept that we can get this done.”

Are Poverty Numbers Accurate?
Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center on Global Development who has written on the Millennium Development Goals, says the measures of income across countries still really aren’t good enough to say with any great degree of certainty who is just below the absolute poverty line and who is above it. But in defense of the global poverty numbers, they’re probably approximately right — and the hard work of the world’s statisticians is making them better.”

He adds that economic growth remains the key to eliminating extreme poverty. In a recent interview, he also addressed questions about how the UN classifies those living in poverty.


Could The US Become World’s Most Populous Nation?
According to Yale Global, the United States is the third most populous country and is on the path to becoming number one by the century’s end.

China Changing Tact On Nuclear Weapons?
James Acton poses that question in a New York Times opinion.

US-China Prepare For Talks As North Korea Keeps Talking
China’s special envoy for North Korea, Wu Dawei, set to travel to Washington to hold consultations with his U.S. counterpart, Glyn T. Davies, reports The Diplomat.








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