International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2007

The Theme for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in 2007 is “People Living in Poverty as Agents of Change: 20th Anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Message of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon:
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Statement by the President of the of the United Nations General Assembly H.E. Dr. Srgjan Kerim.
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Statement by Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).
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Statement by Ms. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). More..
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Statement by Ms. Louise Arbour, The High Commissioner for Human rights (OHCHR) and H.E. Mr Abdou DIOUF, the Secretary-General of the International Francophone Organization (OFI).
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Press Releases:

UN Headquarters Observance of International Day against Poverty, 17 October, to be part of Global Mobilization ‘Stand Up against Poverty’ Event Will Seek to Break World Record
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The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for Political will ‘to end the Scourge of Poverty once and for all’, in remarks at International Event 17 October 2007 | English |

Press Conference on International Day for Eradication of Poverty
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Press Conference:
Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert of Permanent Mission of France; Johan Scholvinck, Director Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Kanokkarn Nakpassorn from the ATD Fourth World Volunteer Corps; and Maria Barrerra from the Christian Children’s Fund, on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 Oct).
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An International Children’s Art Competition was organized to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. More..
250 Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts students performed the poverty requiem on october 16th 2:30 p.m. in the lobby of the united nations in honour of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The Poverty Requiem, written by Dutch composer Peter Maissan and Sylvia Borren, is an artistic performance that makes a statement against World Poverty. More..
Photos of the International Day Events:
The Event at United Nations Headquarters took place on the North Lawn where over 900 staff gathered to be addressed not only by the Secretary-General but also by a representative from ATD Fourth World Mr. Adonis Salas. Participants led by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon crouched down on their knees and, on a count of three, stood up to demonstrate support for the fight against poverty. By the time of the Headquarters event, other duty stations had already organized highly successful Stand Up events around the world.
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