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October 17th - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed each year on October 17th. This year marks its 25th celebrations. On the 17th of October 1987 a hundred thousand people gathered at the Plaza of Human Rights and Liberties in Paris, the place where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to commemorate the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger in the world. Since then, the aim of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, officially designated by the UN General Assembly through the resolution of 22 December 1992, is promoting awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution, particularly in developing countries.

The theme of this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, “Ending the violence of extreme poverty: promoting empowerment and building peace”, highlights the need for global  solidarity in the fight against poverty – an effort that should be made by both the developing and the developed countries. Such a need for solidarity results, inter alia, from the commitments made by the international community at the Millennium Summit about cutting by half by the year 2015, as compared with 1990, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty.

Detailed information on the observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is available  on UN’s website http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/.

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