GENEVA:  Mukhisa Kituyi, secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), announced on Monday that one billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty in 20 years around the world.

In his report for the 14th UNCTAD scheduled for March 2016 in Peru, Kituyi noted that the proportion of people living in destitution has been halved, hundreds of millions have joined the middle class, and a number of developing countries have become major engines of growth both for their region and the global economy.

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