What is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty?Extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990, yet one in five people in developing regions still live on less than $1.90 a day. End poverty in all its forms everywhere is the first of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, established in December 2002 by UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/47/196
, is observed every year on 17 October to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, and presents an opportunity to make their concerns heard.
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2018 - Coming together with those furthest behind
The 2018 theme is: Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is important to recall the fundamental connection between extreme poverty and human rights, and that people living in poverty are disproportionately affected by many human rights violations.
How can you get involved?
The commemoration of this international day invites States, organizations and individuals to organize concrete activities, to reach out to people living in poverty and building alliances around their priorities. Schools are encouraged to hold workshops and seminars that educate students on the realities of extreme poverty. Students can volunteer their time with impoverished communities in their area. Don't forget to show your support on social media! #EndPoverty