6 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty

Where we are?

This goal has not been met yet. The unemployment rate is among the highest in Europe and poverty is increasing. The results in this field are heavily dependent on the level of economic growth. Consequently, in couple of years during mid 2000s, when there were repeated moderate rates of economic growth, unemployment and poverty were decreasing, but the Global economic crisis, which brought heavy recession to Serbia, stopped this trend and it is not likely that the trend will be significantly reversed until 2015. It should be stressed, though, that 2013 is bringing first signs of recovery of the economy: there is a modest increase in growth rate, increase in industrial production and sharp decrease in foreign trade deficit. It seems that an important lesson was learnt during recession years: the future economic development policy should be based on sustainable grounds and provide more jobs, since the limits of foreign indebtedness and foreign trade deficit have already been overcome.

UNDP's work in Serbia

  • Opening Opportunities for People with Disabilities

    According to estimates, persons with disabilities represent 10% of the population – 800,000 people in Serbia. Still, they are rarely seen and do not have the opportunity to participate in social, economic and political life.

Targets for MDG1
  1. Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day
    • Proportion of population below $1 (PPP) per day
    • Poverty gap ratio
    • Share of poorest quintile in national consumption
  2. Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
    • Growth rate of GDP per person employed
    • Employment-to-population ratio
    • Proportion of employed people living below $1 (PPP) per day
    • Proportion of own-account and contributing family workers in total employment
  3. Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
    • Prevalence of underweight children under-five years of age
    • Proportion of population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption