October 17th, the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, was officially recognised by the United Nations in 1992. The day was first celebrated in 1987 by thousands of participants at the Human Rights Plaza in Paris, France.

The October 17th message is:

"Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty." (F. Joseph Wresinski).

Since its creation, October 17th has been a day for those living in extreme poverty to speak out and for all citizens to consider how they can contribute to the eradication of extreme poverty.

You can contribute to this website, send us messages, information, links, etc., posting a testimony or message by filling the form on this page

Other information on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in general.

oct17 [at] atd-fourthworld [dot] org (Send your e-mail to the International Committee for October 17 )