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The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on October 17 throughout the world. It was officially recognised by the United Nations in 1992, but the first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France, in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honour victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear. This call was made by Joseph Wresinski (1917-1988) founder of the prestigious International Movement ATD Fourth World.

The text engraved in the stone reads as follows :

"Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty". Joseph Wresinski (1917-1988) founder of ATD Fourth World


One of the main aims of the day is to make the voice of the poor heard. To this end, commemorations often include testimonies from people living in poverty, describing their own experiences or those of people they know.

See also

External links

  • "International Day for the Eradication of Poverty", Dag Hammarskjöld Library[1]
  • "Social Perspective on Development Branch", United Nations Department of economic and social affairs[2]
  • "October 17, World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty" [3]
  • "International Movement ATD Fourth World"[4]
  • "UN Day for Eradication of Poverty - Oct 17", Caritas New Zealand[5]


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