Launch of the 2023 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

11 July, 2023

11 July 2023 ­– The 2023 global Multidimensional Poverty Index launches today at an official Side Event hosted by the Permanent Mission of Fiji on the margins of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

The global MPI is an annually updated and internationally comparable index of acute multidimensional poverty for over 100 countries in developing contexts. It offers a multidimensional perspective to complement international monetary poverty lines.

This year’s report – Unstacking global poverty: Data for high-impact action – explores the reach of poverty around the world. The report is jointly produced by the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report Office and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative at the University of Oxford.

An analysis of trends from 2000 to 2022, which focused on 81 countries with comparable data over time, reveals that 25 countries successfully halved their global MPI values within 15 years, showing that rapid progress is attainable. These include Cambodia, China, Congo, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Serbia, and Viet Nam. Despite these encouraging trends, the lack of post-pandemic data for most of the 110 countries covered by the global MPI restricts our understanding of the pandemic’s effects on poverty.

Speakers at the event discussing the findings will include:
Mr Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
H.E. Lenora Qereqeretabua, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Fiji
H.E. Maria Ines Castillo de Sanmartin, Minister for Social Development, Panama
Mr. Burton S. Mguni, Statistician General, Statistics Botswana
Ms. Barbara Adams, Board Chair of the Global Policy Forum
Ms. Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI
Mr. Heriberto Tapia, Research and Strategic Partnership Advisor, HDRO, UNDP

The launch event is in person in Conference Room 3 of the UN Headquarters but will also be webcast live via UN WebTV. Guests without a UN Ground Pass need to have registered by 5th July and should bring their ID (passport) to collect their Special Events Pass from the UNHQ Visitor’s Entrance between 46th Street and 1st Avenue from 6pm.


More information:

Download the Global MPI 2023 report: Unstacking global poverty – Data for high-impact action

Watch the live event – UN WebTV Link : 18:30-19:30 ET (11:30pm-12:20am BST)


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