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Global Poverty Act, S. 2433 (110) 

In brief: A bipartisan bill to require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objectives of promoting the reduction of extreme global poverty, and the acheivement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide who live on less than $1 a day.

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Over one billion people on earth live in extreme poverty, which is defined by the United Nations as subsisting on less than $1 a day. More than five million children die every year from these conditions of absolute poverty, or one child child every three seconds. The Millennium Development Goals, established in September 2000 by the United Nations Millennium Summit and its 189 member nations, developed a number of objectives to address the issue of extreme global poverty. 


The Global Poverty Act would make it official U.S. government policy to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. It would require the more than 20 U.S. governmental agencies currently participating in global economic development to coordinate their activities to ensure the maximum benefit to those around the world in greatest need. Additionally, it would require the Administration and these governmental agencies to report to Congress on their progress towards reaching the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bill would cost less than $1 million to implement.

The Global Poverty Act was voted favorably out of the U.S. House of Representatives in September 2007.  It was referred to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations where it saw no further action before the end of the 110th Congress.

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The United Nations has outlined eight Millennium Development Goals to achieve by 2015.

World Vision is a relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

ğRead a summary and discussion of the Global Poverty Act sponsored by Bread for the World.

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