International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2018 [fr]
783 million people live below the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day
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 2018, 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.
Poverty: a global stake
This year the theme of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity”.
While this year marks the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is important to recall the fundamental connection between extreme poverty and human rights, and that people living in poverty are disproportionately affected by many human rights violations.
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.
17 October: commemorating around the world
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 New York, France and Burkina Faso organize a big conference at the UN to pay tribute to all the people living in poverty, in partnership with ATD Quart Monde, UN DESA, OHCHR, the Committee for Social Development and the International Committee for October 17
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will deliver a message of support, followed by testimonies of victims of poverty and volunteers who fight to help them.
This commemoration, which will combine speeches from Ambassadors, activists and people living in extreme poverty, aims to alert public opinion to this major problem. It will also show that people living in extreme poverty are not passive in the fight against this condition and want to be heard.
The commemoration around the commemorative slab offered by France and installed in the United Nations gardens in honor of the victims of poverty will be a strong moment of solidarity and reflection.