The U.S. Census reports that 43.6 million people were living in poverty in America in 2009. This is the largest number in the 51 years for which poverty estimates have been published.
According to the World Bank, in 2005 roughly 1.4 billion people were living below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day. This is equivalent to more than one-fourth of the developing world's population.
Global poverty is tremendous problem that the world needs to address. Millions of human beings all over the world are suffering, living without enough food, without medical care, without shelter or educational opportunities. This problem is not going away. Each and every one of us needs to become involved in some way in the fight against global poverty.
The first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the 1990 poverty rate by 2015 would bring poverty incidence down to 15% of the global population (920 million people).