International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – October 17, 2021

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is on October 17 and we want to observe it by considering the ways we can help. Poverty is a real crisis that affects millions of people around the world. This is a day to acknowledge the suffering of people who have to deal with the consequences of poverty — hunger, violence, and homelessness. It is also a day to participate in the global campaign to end poverty.

History of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

On October 17, 1987, more than 100,000 people came together in Paris, France, to honor those who were suffering in the shackles of poverty. The gathering was at the location where the Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948.

On that day, people had also come together for the unveiling of a commemorative stone by Father Joseph Wresinski, a humanitarian. The commemorative stone declared that poverty was a violation of human rights and it was everyone’s duty to come together to work against it.

In December 1992, the United Nations adopted a resolution to observe a day where poverty would be in focus. In honor of the gathering and unveiling at Paris in 1987, the United Nations selected October 17 as the date to observe International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

This day was set aside to encourage all countries to work actively to remove poverty by taking steps towards sustainable development. It was also an opportunity to allow the poverty-stricken to be heard.

The UN recognized that the poor are the experts of their own situations and know what they need. This day is meant to be an opportunity to work with people living in poverty to identify long-term solutions to their immediate problems.

Poverty can be eradicated. It is not an impossible task, and including poor people in the conversation is the first step. That, combined with the promotion of growth and employment opportunities, addressing gender inequalities, and improving public facilities, will help to eradicate poverty from the world.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty timeline

1987
Unveiling the Commemorative Stone

Father Joseph Wresinski unveils a stone that declares poverty a violation of human rights.

1992
The U.N. Creates the Day

The U.N. passes a resolution to observe October 17 as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

2008
International Committee for October 17 is Formed

This committee is formed to promote and observe the day to eradicate poverty in the best way.

2018
The Third U.N. Decade to Eradicate Poverty

2018 to 2027 is declared as the third decade to eradicate poverty by accelerating global actions.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty FAQs

What is meant by the “eradication of poverty”?

Eradicating poverty means solving the root causes of poverty the social, economic, and environmental causes that force people to be poor. It also means ensuring everyone has access to the basic necessities of food, shelter, healthcare, and education. 

What are the effects of poverty?

Poor people will not have the basic necessities to live a healthy life. They may experience hunger, homelessness, violence, pain, and fear. They might not be able to go to school or get healthcare if they are sick. 

Who is affected by poverty?

Children are more likely to be affected by poverty than young adults or senior citizens because they are the most vulnerable groups of the population. 

How to Observe the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

  1. Join the online campaign

    Use the hashtag #EndPoverty to add your voice to the worldwide campaign and amplify the voices of the poor who are trying to make their needs heard.

  2. Organize an event

    Reach out to homeless shelters and people in your community to organize an event where people living in poverty can explain what they need. Invite your community leaders to this event and work with them on a plan to help the poor in your area.

  3. Volunteer with an organization working with poor people

    Lend your time to an organization or a soup kitchen working with the less privileged so you can give back to your community on this day.

5 Facts About Global Poverty That Will Make You Jump To Action

  1. 736 million people worldwide are extremely poor

    As of 2016, millions of people live on less than $1.90 a day.

  2. Global poverty is on the rise

    Worldwide instability has pushed millions of people into poverty over the last few years.

  3. Climate change is increasing poverty

    Environmental disasters are causing people to end up poverty-stricken.

  4. A temporary basic income can help

    Giving people a basic income for a short period of time can help them get back on their feet.

  5. Two-thirds of the world’s poor are children

    Many children whose parents succumb to poverty are orphaned, leaving them even more vulnerable.

Why International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is Important

  1. This is a global problem

    All around the world, people are living in extreme conditions of hunger and fear, and these problems need multi-faceted solutions.

  2. Poor people need to be heard

    The people who have the problem are always the experts on that issue. This day offers an important opportunity to resolve poverty by making sure people who experience it can offer their solutions.

  3. Poverty is solvable

    If we all work together to address the social and environmental issues that cause poverty, then we can eradicate poverty from the world completely.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty dates

YearDateDay
2021October 17Sunday
2022October 17Monday
2023October 17Tuesday
2024October 17Thursday
2025October 17Friday

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