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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: 17 October

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: 17 October

Every year 17 October is observed as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17 October 1987. On that day, over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris , where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to honour the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger.

Theme for the year 2017:

The theme for the year is Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies. The theme for this year’s commemoration reminds us of the importance of the values of dignity, solidarity and voice underscored in the Call to Action to fight to end poverty everywhere.

The achievement of a world free from poverty provides a path towards the achievement of peaceful and inclusive societies as envisioned in Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Objective:

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and its antecedent, the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, are intended to promote dialogue and understanding between people living in poverty and their communities, and society at large.

17 October presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. Participation of the poor themselves has been at the center of the Day's celebration since its very beginning. The commemoration of October 17th also reflects the willingness of people living in poverty to use their expertise to contribute to the eradication of poverty.

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