The 2016 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) will be held on Monday, 17 October at United Nations Headquarters in New York, focusing on the theme – “Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms”.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” explicitly recognizes that poverty results not from the lack of just one thing but from many different interrelated factors that affect the lives of people living in poverty. This means we must go beyond seeing poverty merely as the lack of income or what is necessary for material well-being — such as food, housing, land, and other assets – in order to fully understand poverty in its multi-dimensions.
The theme this year – selected in consultation with activists, civil society and non-governmental organizations – highlights how important it is to recognize and address the humiliation and exclusion endured by many people living in poverty.
- Remarks by H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
- Message from Nicole Maucher and Johnny Ocean, Parent Advocates and Human Rights Activists – New York
- Message from Ms. Kimberly Tyre – Child Welfare Organizing Project – New York
- Video from Activist from ATD Quart Monde Maurice
- Message from Mr. Patrick Lubin‐ Human Rights Activist – New York
- Message from Marlon Wallen, Community and HIV/AIDS Activist – Boston
- Message from H.E. Mr. Yemdaogo Eric Tiare, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso to the United Nations
- Message from H.E. Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
- Musical performance by Sparsh Shah, singer, songwriter and rapper
- Message from Mr. Donald Lee, President, International Committee for October 17
This year’s event is organized in partnership with the International Movement ATD Fourth World, the NGO Committee for Social Development and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, supported by the Missions of France and Burkina Faso to the United Nations.
In addition to the Commemoration in New York, celebrations of this International Day are being organized worldwide. Through resolution A/RES/47/196 adopted on 22 December 1992, the General Assembly invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution. The International Charter for October 17 (English / French) provides guiding principles for the organization of commemorations to mark the International Day.
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