According to the World Bank and the World Health Organization, rates of poverty and the number of people with out access to safe drinking water has been halved. This suggests a move toward achieving Millennium Development Goals #1 and #7.
From the Christian Science Monitor,
“’There’s a good and bad story here,’ says Anne Goddard, president and CEO at ChildFund International in Richmond, Va. ‘The good story is that extreme poverty has halved, and the bad story is that it’s China that has driven that number forward. In Africa, extreme poverty is still at about 50 percent, but it’s dropping — just at a slower pace than in the rest of the world. So you have to look beyond the big number and down to regional differences.’”