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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2019 - Theme: Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty
17 Oct 2019 -  The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17 October 1987. On that day, Joseph Wresinski, founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, gathered over a hundred thousand people at the Human Rights Plaza in Paris, France, 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
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 people living in poverty
Participation of people living in poverty themselves has been at the center of the Day's celebration since its very beginning. For they are the first ones to fight against poverty, activists with a direct experience of poverty are the main speakers of the Day and come to share their daily effort, struggles and experience relative to their situation. After their testimonies, Ambassadors and UN officials are requested to directly react to what they heard and learned from these life experiences
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