Sunday, October 17, 2010
WORLD POVERTY ERADICATION DAY
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the General Assembly designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries this was a need that has become a development priority. At the Millennium Summit world leaders committed themselves to cutting by half by the year 2015 the number of people living in extreme poverty, people whose income is less than one dollar a day. The theme for this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty "Working together out of poverty" highlights the need for a truly global anti-poverty alliance, one in which both developed and developing countries participate actively.
October 17th presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. Participation of the poor themselves has been at the center of the Day's celebration since its very beginning. The commemoration of October,17th also reflects the willingness of people living in poverty to use their expertise to contribute to the eradication of poverty.
Source-United Nations Reports