International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2019 [fr]
This is the world rally to remind our determination to leave no one behind. Each year, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty commemorates the October 17, 1987 call by Father Joseph Wresinski’s to act along with the most impoverished.
October 17th marks the refusal of misery, which affects close to 10 % of the world population.
These efforts are part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda which sets out 17 Sustainable Develop Goals (lien anglais); and whose goal 1 is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere in the world.
France is also mobilized, both at national level with a strategy of prevention and fight against poverty; and at multilateral level with the French Development Agency (AFD), which finances, supports and accelerates transition projects in 115 countries.
Celebrating October 17th, 2019 in New York
As this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the theme of this International Day will be dedicated to: “Acting together to empower children, their family and communities to end poverty”.
On this occasion, France, Burkina Faso, UNICEF, ATD Quart Monde and other actors of civil society will gather on October 17th at the United Nations headquarter in New York.
With the participation of the UN Secretary-General, Member States and international NGOs, the commemoration will give voice to people living in poverty and will be an opportunity, through their testimonies, to learn more about their journey and experiences such as to inspire actions to put in place to tackle poverty.
The event will also welcome a hundred children, including a group of the Brownsville school of Brooklyn and a group of children from Madrid as part of the network “Tapori” which promotes friendship between children from all backgrounds. Their musical performances will resonate throughout this commemorative day.
The ceremony will be concluded with the reading of the inscription on the paving commemorative stone offered by France as a replica of the model inaugurated in 1987 on the Human Rights Plaza in Paris.
Let’s keep in mind Joseph Wresinski’s message, inscribed upon this commemorative stone:
“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.”