UN Observance: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993.

InternatDayEradicationPoverty11Aim of the Observance Day

The observance day looks to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Indeed, fighting poverty remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the development of the post-2015 development agenda.

Key facts about Poverty

  • Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty, that’s less than $1.25 a day;
  • According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty;
  • 870 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat;
  • More than 1 billion people lack adequate access to clean drinking water and an estimated 400 million of these are children.

favella2014 Theme

The 2014 theme “Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty” recognizes and underscores the demanding challenge of identifying and securing the participation of those experiencing extreme poverty and social exclusion in the “Post-2015 Development Agenda” that will replace the Millennium Development Goals.

Events at the UN

One of the initiatives planned is a ten-part exhibition of collective artwork by people living in poverty that will be mounted in the buildings of the United Nations from 13 October 2014.

There will be a panel discussion on 16 October 2014 (1.15-2.30 pm) at the United Nations Headquarters entitled “Beijing+20 – Leaving No One Behind: Women, Poverty, and Participation”, which will explore the disproportionate effects of poverty on women and women’s contributions to ending poverty.

educationHow to Support the Observance Day through Social Media

Raise awareness about the progress made and the challenges that remain for people living in poverty. Use #EndPoverty on twitter to post your messages about the MDGs and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

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