« 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. »
Father Joseph Wresinski
I agree with this declaration - engraved on the Trocadero Plaza of Human Rights* (Paris, France) on October 17, 1987 - and feel part of this growing social movement to overcome persistent poverty that brings together human rights defenders from all countries.
* Site where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed on December 10, 1948.
185874 Signatories from 155 countries.
A STEP Towards Human Rights and Peace for All
On October 17, 1987, this declaration - known as the Commemorative Stone engraved on the Trocadero Plaza (Paris, France) - inaugurated the first World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, recognized by the United Nations as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in 1992.
Since then, thousands of people have agreed with the text of the Commemorative Stone, revealing a social movement of diverse individuals and groups around the world who agree that extreme poverty is a violation of human rights, and who want to come together to ensure that these rights be respected.
This social movement has led to an ongoing mobilization to strive together to end poverty, an essential step towards human rights and peace for all.
Each year, October 17th will be an opportunity to make public - locally, nationally, and internationally - the growing number of people around the world who agree with this declaration and who work in their own way towards its realization.
If you signed the Call to Action, it is not necessary to sign this declaration because your voice has already been counted. However, please do distribute it as widely as possible!
It can also be printed and sent by post to:
Forum on Overcoming Extreme Poverty
ATD Fourth World,
12 rue Pasteur
95480 Pierrelaye, France.
Let’s STEP up to the challenge together!