Goal 1: No poverty

The World Bank estimates that Yemen’s economic output has decreased by about 50 per cent since 2015. Reduced oil and gas production have caused national revenues to drop, leaving government unable to provide basic services, such as education, health, water and sanitation. Hyper-inflation has increased the cost of food and fuel by 150 and 200 per cent, respectively; this, coupled with high unemployment rates, have made survival extremely difficult for most Yemenis.  More than half of the population live on less than USD 1.90 per day and nearly 80 per cent require humanitarian assistance and protection.   

The SDGs are a commitment to “finish what we started” and end poverty in all forms for all people by 2030. This demands giving particular attention to the most vulnerable, increasing access to basic resources and services, and supporting communities as they recover from the effects of conflict and climate-related disasters.

Facts and figures

800 million

more than 800 million people are still living on less than US$1.25 a day

10%

10 percent of the world’s population live in extreme poverty, down from 36 percent in 1990.

1.3 billion

Some 1.3 billion people live in multidimensional poverty.

50%

Half of all people living in poverty are under 18.

1 in 10

One person in every 10 is extremely poor.

4%

4% of the population of the Arab region was living below the international poverty line of USD 1.25 per day,

  • By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions

  • Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable

  • By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance

  • By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters

  • Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions

  • Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions
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Goals in action
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Social Protection project provides much needed support for war-affected communities

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Bashir: From bankruptcy to success

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