Poverty and Human Rights

Participation of people who are most excluded should be an absolute priority
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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?
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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

Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.
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Theme October 17 2018
This year, the theme chosen by the UN to mark this International Day is :    ... Find out more

International Relations

Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
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« 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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Concept Note on the International Theme for October 17 2018

United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty & World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty Concept Note on the 2018 theme: Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal... Read more
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Letter "Special October 17 2018"

On 17 October 1987, more than 100,000 people gathered on the Trocadero Plaza in Paris, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948. On the Commemorative Stone in Honor of The Victims of Extreme Poverty, inaugurated that day, were engraved the words: Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human... Read more
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Declaration, International Committee for October 17, Seventh Biennial Session in 2018

Declaration of the International Committee for October 17 at its Seventh Biennial Session in 2018   We, the Members of the International Committee for October 17, having met in Rome, Italy on 15‐17 May 2018 1. Note that the United Nations reports extreme poverty has fallen globally but  progress  has  been  uneven,... Read more
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International Press Release, May 28, 2018

The International Committee for October 17 successfully convened its Seventh Biennial meeting in Rome from May 15 to 17, 2018. During these two days, the Committee reviewed the implementation of its work programme since its last meeting, including its participation in the 2017 “Stop Poverty" global campaign, and has prepared its work... Read more
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Statement by Donald Lee, Special Session, Campidoglio, Rome, May 2018

Statement by Donald Lee, President, International Committee for October 17 at the Special Session of the Seventh Biennial Meeting of the International Committee on 17 May, 2018 at the Campidoglio, Rome, Italy Madam Mayor, Excellencies, Distinguished Guests and Friends, The International Committee for October 17 is very honoured that the City... Read more
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