International Day for the Eradication of Poverty [fr]
Over one billion human beings live with less than a dollar per day, and almost half of the world’s population lives with less than 2 dollars a day. It is urgent to act in order to help them.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is held every year on 17 October. It is an official international day of the United Nations and was instituted in 1992 by the General Assembly. 17 October was the date chosen in memory of the call of a French priest, Joseph Wresinski, who on 17 October 1987 launched the first ever tribute to the victims of poverty and called to rescue the most impoverished individuals.
Celebrated at the UN for the first time in 1993, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty aims at echoing the voices of the poorest people and isolated populations.
On 17 October 2017, at the United Nations in New York, people living in poverty and the organizations supporting them, are invited to share their experience during an exceptional event.
France is committed to the fight against poverty and sponsors this event, in partnership with the NGO ATD Quart Monde, the French Agency for Development, the NGO Committee on Social Development and the United Nations Development Program. France also supports concrete actions around the world to help the poorest populations and ensure their rights are respected.
This year the theme of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is “Answering the 17 October Call to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”. This theme highlights the necessity to preserve the dignity of impoverished people and to support their social integration. The objective is also to raise awareness of the need to listen to and stay united with the people affected by poverty and misery.
It’s urgent to act: over one billion human beings live with less than a dollar per day, and almost half of the world’s population lives with less than 2 dollars a day. People in distress often lack food and drinkable water – over one billion people in the world do not have access to clean water.
The fight against poverty is part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda adopted two years ago. This agenda underlines that poverty must be eradicated in all its forms, everywhere in the world – ‘leave no one behind’. The fight against extreme poverty and hunger is the first objective of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Objectives.
The International Day is a rejecting of misery; it aims at mobilizing the general public and the international community in favor of impoverished people.
Once again this year, the International Day for the Eradication of poverty will be celebrated all around the world with multiple events in different countries: in Manilla, in Guatemala, in Paris, in Berlin, in Dakar … which will all be webcasted live on stoppauvreté.org
In New York, France and Burkina Faso organize a big conference at the UN, where Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will deliver a message of support, followed by testimonies of victims of poverty and volunteers who fight to help them.
At the United Nations in New York, in the garden next to the General Assembly Hall, a paving commemorative stone offered by France was inaugurated in 1996 to commemorate this day and recall the importance of the fight against poverty and human distress all around the world. This stone is a replica of the model inaugurated in 1987 in Paris on the Human Rights Plaza.
It carries the same message:
«On this day, defenders of human and civil rights from every continent gathered here. They paid homage to the victims of hunger, ignorance and violence. They affirmed their conviction that human misery is not inevitable. They pledged their solidarity with all people who, throughout the world, strive to eradicate extreme poverty. Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty. Father Joseph Wresinski. »