International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2020 [fr]
October 17th marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which aims at making the voices of the most impoverished heard and giving a voice to the most isolated populations.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty commemorates the call made on October 17th, 1987 by Father Joseph Wresinski, the founder of the association ATD Fourth World, to eradicate poverty around the world.
Since its inception, the objective of this day has been to call out states and public opinion on the misery and isolation in which the most disadvantaged populations live. It is also an opportunity to give the chance to people living in poverty to make their voices heard by providing testimonies about their conditions.
The eradication of poverty and support for the most disadvantaged populations is a priority for France, which is mobilized both at the national level through a strategy for the prevention and fight against poverty, and at the multilateral level through the French Development Agency (AFD) which finances and supports projects in 115 countries.
2020, a special year for poverty
Among the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, the eradication of poverty in all its forms and everywhere is the first one. This year, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty takes on an even more critical dimension than in previous years.
Indeed, the coronavirus pandemic threatens to push up to 115 million additional people into extreme poverty around the world, jeopardizing several years of progress. This health crisis also served as a reminder of the devastating consequences of human activities on the environment.
In this context, the theme of this 2020 edition is: Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all.
The overexploitation of natural resources, pollution and the destruction of the environment primarily impact the quality of life, health and access to resources of the most impoverished populations. Additionally, millions of new people are at risk of falling into poverty due to climate change and environmental destruction. Taking the environmental dimension into account is a key element in the fight against poverty.
This year’s theme invites us to reflect on and implement a growth model that integrates the imperatives of environmental sustainability and social justice.
Event of October 17th, 2020 in New York
As every October 17th, the French Mission is co-organizing with the NGO ATD Fourth World and the Mission of Burkina Faso an event on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty which will be held virtually this year.
The event will bring together the French Development Agency (AFD), Burkina Faso, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the NGO Committee Social Development and ATD Fourth World.
The ceremony will be chaired by two activists who will introduce the guests’ speeches and testimonies. United Nations Secretary General António Guterres will deliver a message of support which will be followed by interventions from representatives of Member States and international NGOs, as well as testimonies from children and adults facing poverty and environmental injustices.