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Poverty Clock

The Poverty Clock was created by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to illustrate the growth in global poverty. The clock was first activated during the 1995 World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was later used at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in the same year. The concept of the Poverty Clock drew upon data from the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme, which suggested that the aggregate number of people living in poverty worldwide is increasing at roughly the same rate as the annual population growth of the developing world, or about 1.88 percent. Based on these statistics, the digital clock, symbolizing global poverty, ticked off increases in the number of people who were living ...

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