In the past two decades, the number of people living below the $1.25 and $2.0 poverty lines has fallen.
Most of the fall is driven by countries in East Asia & Pacific region. In fact, other regions in the world saw an increase in the number of people living below the $ 1.25 poverty line despite the decline in poverty rates.
The percentage of people living below $1.25 a day fell in every region except in Europe and Central Asia.
China led the way by reducing its poor population by 475 million people. While in 1990, 37% of the world's poor were found in China by 2005 the number had declined to 15%.
China managed to attain the first Millenium Development Goal (MDG) almost 15 years in advance. The rest of the developing world will not attain the first MDG if it does not reduce its poverty at a higher pace.