Get involved Vol 23, No. 10 - October 2019

Poverty is the denial of children’s rights

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. As we celebrate three decades of this landmark human rights treaty, our attention turns to the millions of children worldwide who are still denied their right to a standard of living adequate for their physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.

Poverty hurts children’s development, leading to lower income and health levels in adulthood. We should recognize child poverty for what it is – a denial of children’s human rights and a violation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. The specific discriminations experienced by the girl child should be top priority in remedying this situation.

To show solidarity with children and young people living in poverty, the United Nations will hold the 2019 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at UN Headquarters in New York on 17 October. The 2019 theme is “Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty.”


Join the #EndPoverty global campaign

If you believe that every child has a right to grow up free from extreme poverty – join us! You can add your voice to the growing global cry to end extreme poverty once and for all.

Get social: Follow @UNDESA and @UNDESASocial and use #EndPoverty to join the conversation and to help us promote the global call to action to overcome poverty.

Organize an event: The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is happening worldwide. Join an event near you or organize one in your community.

For more information:

2019 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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