The international theme for October 17, 2013 is :
Working together towards a world without discrimination
Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty
Our world has been facing many crises for many years and it has become apparent to more and more people that urgent changes are needed in order to overcome these problems. One very important change is to learn from and apply the life experiences and knowledge of people living in extreme poverty.
Yet, today, the valuable contribution of people living in extreme poverty is too often denied, seen as negative, ignored or not taken into account. This is blatant discrimination and denial of the dignity and human rights of people living in poverty. Therefore, our societies must break the silence of extreme poverty. And we demonstrate how to break this silence on 17 October, every year and all year long by our solidarity with people living in poverty, our commitments and action.