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

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
2018 - Statement by UN Secretary General António Guterres
It is indeed a pleasure to be here today to observe the International Day for the Eradication of... 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

The latest articles

Poverty means having the ability but lacking the opportunity

I am from the province, my parents are poor rice farmers. We experienced obstacles. As our income was low, our parents could not afford to send us to secondary school and these things prevented us to go where we wanted to go. For me what defines poverty is having the ability but lacking the opportunity. When I finished primary school I moved to... Read more

A New Book About October 17 - Until the Sky Turns Silver

When people are invited to an event for the World Day for Overcoming Poverty (October 17), they sometimes ask, “What’s the point of this?” Until the Sky Turns Silver is a new book that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of people preparing for one such event and shows how it influences their lives.... Read more

October 17 Interviews at the United Nations in Geneva

This year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty commemoration took the form of a series of interviews conducted in a public space at the UN in Geneva. In the style of a TV talk show, an interviewer addressed questions to three different groups of guests. Extreme Poverty as a Human Right Violation Philip Alston, the... Read more

2-Day Celebration of the World Day in Madagascar

The October 17 World Day was celebrated this year at the Parvis Analakely in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar. Events spanned two days, thanks to a partnership with: the Mayor’s office; the Prime Minister; and the Minister of Population, the Advancement of Women, and Social Security; the Telma Foundation; and the French Embassy... Read more

Marking the World Day in Poland

In Poland, cultural events to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty were held in Kielce and in Warsaw. The main purpose of these events was to draw attention to the existence of poverty and social exclusion, and to emphasize the need for solidarity and friendship with people affected by poverty, so as to work together to... Read more