About one in seven of us live in extreme poverty. Ending it will be the greatest global challenge of our generation. But that is only possible if we know where people living in poverty are and what they need.

One in three children aged five years or younger have not had their births registered. Therefore, officially, these children do not exist in the system.

This problem needs to be fixed immediately. Investments in ensuring everyone is counted will set the basis for ending poverty in our generation.

"In this new century, millions of people in the world's poorest countries remain imprisoned, enslaved, and in chains. They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom."

Nelson Mandela