Several countries are on track to meet reductions in the number of people living in extreme poverty, but Millennium Development Goals associated with primary education, maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS are likely out of reach for most countries ahead of the 2015 goal, United Nations figures show. Most of sub-Saharan Africa is struggling to reduce poverty levels, while across Africa, Asia and Latin America, countries have made scant progress on women's equality, maternal and child mortality and increasing access to sanitation. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders gathering in New York this week to recommit to following through and helping the poorest countries work toward the MDGs over the next five years.

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