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UN: Some Success in Poverty Reduction, but Not Universal

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.N. says the poor are getting less poor, though not everywhere.

As a U.N. summit in New York will hear this week, the overall success in cutting extreme poverty is patchy.

Ten years ago, the U.N. set eight "Millennium Development Goals" to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian problems by halving rates of disease, poverty and lack of basic education by 2015, compared with 1990. The summit will review progress on those fronts.

According to the world body, the share of the population of developing regions who live in extreme poverty is expected to fall to 15 percent by 2015, down from 46 percent in 1990.

The World Bank says much of Asia has already met or is well on its way to meeting the goal, and Latin America is on track to do so in 2015, but sub-Saharan Africa is likely to fall short.


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