Mexican Social Development Secretary says fight against poverty has delivered results

Mexico’s Social Development Secretary José Antonio Meade Kuribreña announced that thanks to the coordinated efforts of the federal administration and the three levels of government, the number of Mexicans living in extreme poverty dropped by 100,000 in 2014.

“This is a result of a coordinated government and the efforts of civil society and the business community. The fight against poverty involves everyone and we will only be successful if we continue to work in this coordinated fashion,” said Meade.
In this sense, the head of the Social Development Secretariat (Sedesol) said that poverty indicators must continue to be monitored in order to be ready for challenges which lie ahead.

“Each Mexican that emerges successfully from poverty is a Mexican with fewer shortages and therefore more opportunities,” he said.
 Over the weekend, the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval) reported that 100,000 people in Mexico overcame extreme poverty in 2014.

Social Development Secretary José Antonio Meade Kuribreña (Photo:

The presidential office highlighted that according to the poverty measurements published by Coneval, a total of 20 states have lower rates of extreme poverty. In Guerrrero, the number of people challenged by extreme poverty dropped by 22.7 percent in 2014.

During the International Poverty Eradication Day on Saturday Oct. 17, the federal government reiterated its commitment to supporting and helping people suffering from extreme poverty throughout the country.

The anniversary of the “Construct a Sustainable Future: Let’s Unite to End Poverty and Discrimination” program has a special significance on this occasion following the approval of the sustainable development objectives, countries around the world promised to end poverty in all its forms.

Last week, during the International Food Day celebrations, the U.N. Food and Agriculture representative in Mexico, Fernando Soto Vaquero, said that the National Crusade Against Hunger has achieved considerable success which has been recognized around the world.




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