State of World Population 2002

People, Poverty and Possibilities

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Attacking poverty directly has become an urgent global priority if we want to accelerate development and reduce inequality within and among nations. World leaders have agreed to launch a variety of new initiatives, including the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 2002 State of the World Population report is a contribution to the discussion and a guide to action. It reviews poverty’s many dimensions and looks at several the key issues, including poverty and gender, poverty and health, and education and poverty. It also outlines a framework and provides recommendations to meet the poverty eradication goal by 2015.This publication includes analyses, recommendations, and a wealth of statistics, graphs, and indicators.

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Health and poverty

Poor people are more often sick than the better off. Their general levels of health and well-being are lower. They are more exposed to communicable disease 1 and have less resistance to it. They are more likely to live and work in hazardous environments. They have less food and less access to clean water. Their housing offers less protection from the weather and is more likely to be overcrowded.

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