Poverty and Human Rights

Participation of people who are most excluded should be an absolute priority
Daring to learn from people in extreme poverty
More frequently around the world, we hear people living in precarious situations say, as one man... Find out more

All Together in Dignity: 2017 Campaign

How do we empower people?
Extreme poverty is not inevitable but working to overcome it is a long-term process
How do we empower people?  Our approach consists in breaking down the barriers that exist... Find out more

International Day - October 17

World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty - October 17
Examples of Testimonies
Every year on the occasion of October 17, the secretariat of the Forum on Overcoming Extreme... Find out more

International Relations

Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
« Making Human Rights work for people living in extreme poverty »
‘‘We must all work together to advance the rights of those living in extreme poverty... Find out more

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Commemoration at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

At the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the ceremony will begin at 12:30 pm in the UN Visitors' Lobby. Program: Dance and music Message from the UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres Messages from people living in poverty Statements by Ambassadors At 2:45pm, the commemoration will continue with a moment of reflection and... Read more

What does it mean to build a world of respect for everyone’s human rights and dignity?

What does it mean to build a world of respect for everyone’s human rights and dignity? Families living in extreme poverty in New Orleans tell us so much about what it looks like when they don’t feel respected as a human being because they are born extremely poor. Ms. Pat said, “It looks like your poverty follows you all the way... Read more

By getting together you can go beyond the struggle

Good evening everybody. Today we are all invited to reflect upon how we can build a world of respect for everyone’s human rights and dignity. This question brings to my mind the contributions, determination, and hopes of Ms. Althea who was born in the 3rd Ward and who moved into the 7th. She tells us, “There is always something... Read more

It is a hard journey but it is worth doing it

My name is Ashley, I am a single mother from South West Virginia. I remember there were hard times at home, times when we had nothing, times when we needed help and we didn’t get it. We only had each other as a family. Dad was working a long way away and he‘d been gone weeks at a time. He got very sick one year he had a mini stroke... Read more

Together, we can build a world of respect, human rights and dignity for all

PROGRAM of the commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Potluck meal 5pm Commemoration at 5.45pm -Welcome and introduction -October 17 message read in English, French and Spanish -Poem from Nikole of New York: Can you imagine just one day... -Eleanor Roosevelt: Where do human rights begin?: 70 th anniversary of... Read more