International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 17 October
A boy sits outside his house in Cite L’Eternel, a poor neighborhood of Port au Prince, Haiti. UN Photo/Marco Dormino
2018 theme — Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity
This year 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. Read more about this year’s theme.
The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17 October 1987. On that day, over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris , where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to honour the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. They proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to come together to ensure that these rights are respected. These convictions are inscribed in a commemorative stone unveiled on this day. Since then, people of all backgrounds, beliefs and social origins have gathered every year on October 17th to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with the poor. Replicas of the commemorative stone have been unveiled around the world and serve as a gathering place to celebrate the Day. One such replica is located in the garden of United Nations Headquarters and is the site of the annual commemoration organized by the United Nations Secretariat in New York .
Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making.
Woman cooking a meal outside her house in Boliar Bagh village, Sylhet province, Bangladesh. UN DPI/Regina Merkova
Every dollar makes a difference.
With your help, we can help the poorest of the poor become self-sufficient so they don’t need to rely on charity. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.