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17 October 2002

Event at UN Headquarters
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will be observed at United Nations Headquarters on 17 October 2002. A press conference at 11.15 a.m. in Room S-226 will feature Eugen Brand, Director-General, ATD Fourth World Movement; Charles McNeill, Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction Adviser, Equator Initiative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Benson Venegas, Iniciativa Talamanca, Costa Rica, Equator Initiative Laureate 2002; and Ambassador Jean-David Levitte, Permanent Representative of France. A ceremony in the United Nations Garden, from 12.15 to 1.15 p.m., will be addressed among others by Under-Secretary-General Nitin Desai; Mr. Zéphirin Diabré, Associate Administrator, UNDP; H.E. Mr. Levitte, Permanent Representative of France; H.E. Mr. Michael Kafando, Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso; Mr. Eugen Brand; and Dr. Margaret Varma, Rutgers University. It will feature testimonies from people living in poverty, a theatre presentation by children from the Tapori Movement, and music by the Young People's Chorus of New York City.Members of permanent missions, Secretariat staff, representatives of non-governmental organizations and the media are invited to attend. RSVP (required for entering UN Garden) at

Press Release on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The Day was first observed in 1987. The General Assembly proclaimed the observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in 1992, in
Resolution 47/196
Reports of the Secretary-General on Poverty Eradication
Message from the Secretary-General
Message from the President of the General Assembly
UN Millennium Development goal: Roadmap towards the Implementation of the Millennium Declaration World Summit on Sustainable Development - Johannesburg 2002
UNDP: Poverty Reduction FAO - Food & Agriculture Organization:
World Food Summit: 5 Years Later
UN Decade for the Eradication of Poverty World Bank PovertyNet
The Dag Hammarskjöld Library Information Resources on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty International Fund for Agricultural Development:
Rural Poverty Report 2001 -
"The Challenge of Ending Rural Poverty"
"Three billion people - half the world's population - live on less than $2 a day. In a world of great wealth, in a world of scientific and technological wonders, in a world in which people are more aware than ever before of how 'the other half lives', that should be unacceptable. Extreme poverty is an affront to human dignity and human rights."
--UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
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