Report of the UN Secretary-General (2006)
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Report on the Observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

This report was submitted in response to General Assembly resolution 60/209, in which the Assembly welcomed the observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and requested the Secretary-General to undertake a review of the observance of the International Day in order to identify lessons learned and ways to promote the mobilization of all stakeholders in the fight against poverty.

The report starts with a brief overview of the link between the observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and human rights. This is followed by a discussion of key elements of the relationship between poverty and human rights.

The report then provides a review of the observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty based on responses to a questionnaire sent to Member States, United Nations specialised agencies and non-governmental organizations.

The review summarizes the major activities and events undertaken around the world to celebrate the International Day, and discusses the involvement of various stakeholders in those activities and events.

The report goes on to examine the impact of the observance of the International Day and identifies key lessons learned. It concludes with a set of recommendations on ways and means to improve the observance of the International Day and to promote the mobilization of all stakeholders in efforts to eradicate poverty.