17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017
The official commemorative event to celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017 will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 17 October. The theme is “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”. 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. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski—which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty—and the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Those unable to attend can watch and follow the event live at http://webtv.un.org. For more information about the event and this year’s theme, please visit: http://bit.ly/2017idep.

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