The Millennium Development Goals and Poverty: Are We Counting the World's Poor Right?

Publication | July 2003

In September 2000, the United Nations held its 'millennium summit', at which 189 member states unanimously endorsed a vision of global development that makes eliminating poverty and sustaining development the principal focus of global development efforts. This vision, enshrined in the millennium development goals (MDGs), evolved out of the various conferences organized by the UN in the past decade. The MDGs have now come to constitute the internationally accepted framework for measuring and monitoring development progress.


  • Two Different Sources of Global Poverty Numbers
  • Why Do the Poverty Estimates Diverge?
  • How to Address the Problems?
  • Concluding Remarks
  • References