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Answering the call of October 17 to end poverty: A path to peaceful and inclusive societies

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Quezon City - Saturday 14 October 2017 - National Week for Ovecoming Extreme Poverty 2017: Health and Wellness Service Caravan

Quezon Memorial Circle
Quezon City
Philippines

Kielce - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Commemoration

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Polish and English

Obchody Międzynarodowego Dnia Walki z Ubóstwem kolejny raz odbyły się w Kielcach. Bezdomni, przedstawiciele władz miasta, pracownicy Miejskiego Ośrodka Pomocy Rodzinie i służb zajmujących się pomocą społeczną oraz wolontariusze oddali hołd ofiarom biedy na całym świecie. Uczestnicy spotkania po raz 30 odwiedzili miejsca poświęcone ubogim - Płytę Praw Człowieka oraz Krzyż Bezdomnych obok budynku Dworca PKP. Coroczne spotkanie organizowane jest m.in. przez Międzynarodowy Ruch ATD, założony przez Ojca Józefa Wrzesińskiego.

Obchody Dnia Walki z Ubóstwem mają uświadomić opinii publicznej potrzebę likwidacji biedy na świecie, a w szczególności w krajach rozwijających się. Ubodzy to ludzie z trudnymi historiami, którzy często nie radzą sobie w życiu.
Obecność wielu osób podczas obchodów świadczy o tym, że problem ubóstwa jest obecny w naszym regionie, ale również pokazuje, że los ludzi potrzebujących nie jest nam obojętny.
Po wspólnej modlitwie przed krzyżem, na którym corocznie przybijane są tabliczki z nazwiskami zmarłych osób bezdomnych, uczestnicy udali się do schroniska dla osób potrzebujących przy ulicy Siennej. Tam rozmawiano o działalności organizacji ATD w Polsce i na świecie.

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The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was celebrated in Kielce. The homeless, representatives of the city authorities, employees of the City Center for Family and Social Welfare, and volunteers paid homage to the victims of poverty worldwide. Participants of the meeting for the 30th anniversary visited the places devoted to the poor - the Human Rights and the Homeless Cross near the railway station building. The annual meeting is organized, among others. by the International ATD Movement, founded by Father Józef Wrzesiński.

The celebration of the Day to Overcome Poverty aims to make the public aware of the need to eradicate poverty in the world, and especially in developing countries. The poor are people with difficult stories that make it hard to cope with.

The presence of many people during the celebration indicates that the problem of poverty is present in our region, but also shows that the fate of needy people is not indifferent to us.

After a common prayer before the cross, where the plates with the names of deceased homeless people are being piled, the participants went to the shelter for the needy in Sienna Street. There were talks about activities in Poland and in the world.

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Event description

Gathering around the Cross and the Commemorative Stone to pay homage to the victims of poverty who died this year. 

This gathering will probably be followed by a mass and a meeting with a branch (to be confirmed).

plac Niepodległości 1, Tel ATD office: (48) 41.36.87.384
Kielce
Poland

New York - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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A full report with pictures and videos is available here. Read, watch and listen, it is full of worth: https://storify.com/ATDFourthWorld/17october2017#publicize

The commemoration started with UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, delivering a video message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. 
Participation of people living in poverty has been at the center of the Day's celebration since its very beginning. This year, delegates coming from all over the world shared their experience, intelligence and struggles to keep their families together, to strive to overcome the obstacles, no matter what, and, to face the shame and humiliation related to discrimination and stigmatization. 
They shared how, despite all odds, they still do their best to lead a life in dignity, for themselves and their communities.

Mr. Seamus Neville "Everywhere in the world, extreme poverty separates children from their parents"

Alex Begay "We are struggling to live up to our hopes, hoping for peace."

Ms. Angélique Jeanne "Enough is enough. We are not to be blamed. We are people who resist and who want to build peace.”

Mr. Mahamadou Kone "Seeking our essence as human beings is not a personal quest but a collective one. Our humanity rises from a common base, a common dignity."

Mr. Adrien Delva "There is no risk in fighting extreme poverty, we just have to reach out to others to build peace. And all of us will benefit."

The voices and experiences were heard by the Ambassador of France, François Delattre, and the Ambassador of Burkina Faso to the United Nations, Yemdaogo Eric Tiare, as well as by UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. All reacted to these messages of struggles and hopes transcending borders and nationalities.

The sense of solidarity and togetherness, between people from different social backgrounds, was a rare and unique achievement on this special day. Donald Lee, President of the International Commitee for October 17, and Isabelle Pypaert-Perrin, Director General of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, also shared their message of support and solidarity with those furthest behind.

This year, the commemoration ended with a time of reflection around the Commemorative Stone in Honor of the Victims of Extreme Poverty located on the North Lawn of the UN Gardens. Here again, unity and solidarity were expressed through speeches from UN officials, the Ambassador of France and delegates with lived experience of poverty. Young people and children read the Call to Action of the Commemorative Stone in the six official languages of the United Nations. 

Symbolizing our personal commitment, a gesture was performed at the Commemorative Stone where we invited the audience to pick a smaller stone, with “Stop Poverty, October 17, 2017” written on it. This acted as a reminder of our contribution and commitment to a create a society, where everyone’s voice and place will be recognized and valued equally.

The Ambassador of France to the UN, François Delattre, was also present at the Commemorative Stone, a gift offered by France to the United Nations in 1996. Taking his time to actively listen to people living in poverty, he reaffirmed his solidarity with those left furthest behind. As did Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) .

Martine Le Corre, Deputy Director General of the International Movement of ATD Fourth World, reminded how unacceptable it is that poverty destroys so many lives of men, women, and children. Yet she also highlighted the fact that people living in poverty are fighting each day to get out of their situation and to create peace around them and how each of one of us could take action to support them in their fight. "Together we make this solemn commitment around this stone. Together, we are determined; we will not give up."

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Event description

Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at the United Nations.

The commemoration includes: Message from the Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres Testimonies from people living in poverty and people standing in solidarity Statements by the Ambassadors Videos, and musical performances.

At 2:30pm, the commemoration will continue with a moment of reflection and solidarity around the Commemorative Stone in Honor of Victims of Extreme Poverty, located on the North Lawn of the UN Gardens.

RSVP required by October 8th. Please contact ATD Fourth World New York team at (212) 228-1339 or nycteam [at] 4thworldmovement [dot] org

United Nations Conference Building Conference Room 2
New York
United States

Dublin - Monday 16 October 2017 - Launch of "Poverty and Disability: an easy to read guide to economic inequality and the cost of disability"

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Inclusion Ireland is launching an easy to read booklet on Poverty and Disability to mark the United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The booklet will be launched by Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD. Other speakers on the day are to be announced.

Event from 13h45 to 15h45

The Morrison Hotel, Ormond Quay lower North City
Dublin
Ireland

Dublin - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - National Community Gathering

Event report

Two videos of the gathering at the Stone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rujgW4kcF0&t=6s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=Mh8Ih5DNuC8

For more pictures of the overall commemoration and of the Global Goals Boats: 
http://17october.ie/dublin2017/
http://17october.ie/ggboats2017/

For messages and statements: 
http://17october.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Highlights-Dublin-17-Oct-...
http://17october.ie/messages2017/

The Global Goals Boats

In total 17 schools and other groups of children, young people and adults prepared 17  Boats, symbolising the hopes generated by 17 Global Goals. The boats were made out of recyclable material and easy to transport and of course, able to float!  Each boat carried messages of hope from people  attending the event.

Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the hurricane Ophelia, only one school out of 7 who had prepared boats was able to attend the event on the Tuesday 17th October (School had been officially closed for the day). The launch took place as planned referring to the work of these schools around the country.

The boats launched into the Liffey symbolised the expression of our hopes and commitments to end poverty, fight inequality and act on climat change, the 3 main challenges of the 17 Global Goals.

Some messages

Children – We are from Rush and Lusk Educate Together and we have been working really hard to build our boat. Our boat represents Goal 6 clean water and sanitation and Goal 14, life under water. All our class have written down their hopes and wises on patches and we have sown them together to make a sail. We hope to spread our hopes far and wide to make this a reality.

Kayleigh – When we were building our boat with the young people in the Neighbourhood Youth Project 2 we asked them what they hoped for and when talking about ending poverty they went back to the basics such as they said they hoped that everybody, every kid has a pair of shoes to put on. They hoped that every kid could go to school and had a school bag. That goes right back to the basics and shows that it’s the small things that add up and we hope that our communities can work together and continue to inspire young people as they inspire us to work together to end poverty.

Filipe – I’m representing the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland. As an Organisation our main goal is to provide empowerment, justice, rights for all migrants that are living in Ireland. With our boat we would like to express our solidarity with all people who are experiencing social exclusion mainly migrants, undocumented migrants and fishermen. We wish to express and create pathways out of poverty in Ireland and throughout the whole world.

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A Message from Irish 17 October Committee

Dear contacts,

Unfortunately due to adverse weather conditions created by #HurricaneOphelia, the 16 October "No Hunger, No Poverty Candlelight Vigil and Chain of Lights" has been canceled. Stay safe today!

Join us on tomorrow on End Poverty Day, Tuesday 17 October!

- in the morning: www.facebook.com/events/276138756225842/ - in the evening: www.facebook.com/events/1573226616033642/

Support the Thunderclap Now: www.thunderclap.it/projects/63316-ireland-let-s-us-sing-as-one

Thank you for your interest in our events.

Take care of yourself! Keep safe!

Community Gathering at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone in Dublin, Ireland to mark the National 2017 UN End Poverty Day.

Workshops with messages of hope will start at 10am and the official ceremony with songs and testimonies will start at 11am sharp. 

17 Global Goal Boats will also be launched on the river Liffey at 11.30am.

Custom House Quay
Dublin
Ireland