Although poverty has not disappeared, significant progress has been made in reducing it. According to the World Bank, the proportion of people living on less than USD 1.25 per day declined from 43% to 21% between 1990 and 2015.
Several Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been achieved. Some 90% of children in developing countries are now receiving basic education. Major successes have also been achieved in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis. The probability of a child dying before the age of five years has practically halved.
Thanks to its ongoing efforts on the ground, Switzerland has helped to improve living conditions in fragile partner countries and regions. Positive results have been achieved in addressing the causes of instability and conflict in fragile contexts.
Switzerland now brings markedly more influence to bear on the international regulatory framework to tackle global issues like climate change, food security, water, migration and health. Switzerland contributed, for example, to the creation of the Green Climate Fund and was also able to influence the new strategic framework for sustainable development post-2015.
Nonetheless, it is also a fact that over 800 million people are still going hungry every day worldwide. Over 60 million people have been displaced, and 80 million young people are unemployed.