United Nations Secretary General Report on October 17 (2006)
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Report of the Secretary General

Summary

The present report is 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 entities 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.

The report 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.

Contents

I. Introduction (p.3)

II. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (p.3)
    A. Poverty as an issue of human rights (p.3)
    B. Human rights as a tool to eradicate poverty (p.8)

III. Review of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (p.10)
   A. Awareness of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (p.10)
   B. Observance of the International Day for the  Eradication of Poverty (p.11)
   C. Impact and lessons learned (p.16)

IV. Conclusions and recommendations (p.18)