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 programme for the next biennium, including preparations for the upcoming October 17 commemorations in 2018 and 2019.

It met representatives of the Holy See to discuss possible cooperation in the fight against poverty.

During its public closing session, in collaboration with the City of Rome, at the Campidoglio in Rome, Mr. Donald Lee, President of the International Committee and Ms. Isabelle Pypaert-Perrin, General Director of the International Movement ATD Fourth World presented the outcome of the Seventh Biennial meeting at the event which was attended by representatives of several Embassies and the Rome Municipality, and other invited guests.

During the special session, Mr. Donald Lee announced the release of the Committee’s official declaration, which includes a call for a mechanism at the United Nations to ensure the effective participation and voice of people living in poverty and extreme poverty.