World Poverty and Human Rights

book by Thomas Pogge

World Poverty and Human Rights is a 2002 book by Thomas Pogge. In the book, Pogge says that the poorest 46 percent of people have 1.2 percent of global income, and 826 million of them do not have enough to eat. One-third of all human deaths are from poverty-related causes: 18 million annually, including 12 million children under five.[1]

At the other end of the spectrum, the 15 percent of people in the developed countries have 80 percent of global income. Pogge says that shifting 1 or 2 percent of our share toward poverty eradication seems morally compelling. Yet most of the rich people believe that they have no such responsibility.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 World Poverty and Human Rights: Cosmopolitan Responsibilities and Reforms[permanent dead link]
  2. Thomas Pogge: World Poverty and Human Rights[permanent dead link]