Children bear the brunt of poverty

The new Sustainable Development Goals now recognize that children are a priority in the fight against poverty – the elimination of poverty by 2030 is the first goal of the SDGs.  Extreme poverty, measured at $1.90 per person per day, disproportionately affects children – 387 million, or 19.5% of the world’s children live in extreme poverty compared to just 9.2% of adults. Children represent half of the poor yet are just one third of the underlying population.