October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a day that unites countries to help those suffering from hunger, poverty, violence, and homelessness. This day was established in December 1992 when the UN adopted a resolution to devote the day to the issue of poverty.
On October 17, 1987, around 100 people gathered in Paris, France to pay tribute to those suffering from poverty. This event took place at the same location where the Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948. Additionally, a monument was erected to Father Joseph Wrezinsky, a humanist who declared that poverty and deprivation are a violation of all human rights.
The purpose of the day is for all countries to work together towards actively eradicating poverty through sustainable development, in order to find a lasting solution to the problem. By involving those living in poverty in the conversation and working to eliminate gender inequality and improve public facilities, it is possible to significantly reduce poverty.
- Worldwide, 736 million people live in extreme poverty.
- In recent years, global instability has increased poverty for millions of people.
- Due to climate change and environmental disasters, more people are moving below the poverty line.
- Two thirds of the total number of poor people are children.
How to take part
Individuals can help in the fight against poverty by visiting homeless shelters, asking those living in poverty what they need, and publicizing the issue. Furthermore, volunteering for an organization that helps poor people is a great way to get involved.
When is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty celebrated in 2023?
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on October 17 each year.