Message from the Secreatry General ont he International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 25
: 1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.


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In 1992, the General Assembly, welcoming the fact that certain NGOs, on the initiative of one of them (the French-based International Movement ATD Fourth World), had, in many States, observed 17 October as World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, declared that date the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (resolution 47/196 of 22 December).

The observance of the Day aims to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries -- a need that has become a development priority.

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200 members of the World March of Women met with the Secretary-General on 17 October 2000 to present him a petition to eliminate poverty and violence against women.

The NGO International Movement ATD Fourth World and the United Department of Economic and Social Affairs Nations will commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty with a programme at the Commemorative Stone in the UN garden that is dedicated to the victims of poverty. At present, almost half the world's six billion people live on an income of $2 a day or less, and 2.8 billion live on $1 a day or less. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was first marked in 1992 to focus global attention on the living conditions of the people living in poverty, people who are often forgotten

The public is invited to assist at the ceremony which will feature remarks from ATD and DESA officials, poetry from children living in East New York, Brooklyn, and folk music by guitarist Jill Cunningham. There will also be testimonies from people from various parts of the world.
12-15-1:15 in the UN Garden


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