Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation Exploring the Links

By Anantha K. Duraiappah on January 16, 2002
The number of people living in absolute poverty (living below the dollar-a-day poverty line) fell from approximately 28 per cent in 1987 to 24 per cent in 1998 (WDR 2000). The absolute number of people living below that poverty line has remained stable at 1.23 billion, however, almost half of the world's population of six billion lives below the two-dollar-a-day-poverty line. More must be done. A new paradigm—rooted in sustainable development—might be the answer.

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IISD, 2002