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Jasmine Whitbread: First And Third World 'Not Geographic Anymore -- They Cut Right Across'

Jasmin Whitbread, CEO of Save the Children, spoke with HuffPost Live at Davos on Wednesday about the major progress that has been made to help lessen the severity of issues like poverty, child mortality and hunger.

Whitbread blogged for HuffPost about the big achievement:

When the international community came together in 2000, to develop the Millennium Development Goals, we made the biggest promise to its poorest people that we would tackle absolute poverty, child mortality, hunger -- and that promise has now been partially, but substantially, fulfilled. Together, we've succeeded in lifting 600 million people out of poverty, helped 56 million more children go to school, and substantially reduced the gap in primary enrollment between boys and girls. Thanks to the commitments made, the numbers of children under five dying of preventable causes has dropped by nearly half from 12 million in 1990 to 6.3 million today.

But Whitbread said there's still work to be done.

"This could be the turning point, on the other hand, this could flitter away," she said.

Whitbread said there need to be a redoubled effort on the area of nutrition, and any progress made could impact areas closer to home than many may think.

"We still have a first world and a third world, but they're not geographic anymore -- they cut right across," Whitbread said.

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