Theme for 2019
Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty

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BANGKOK - Sunday 20 October 2013 - [email protected]

Event report

Joyful team work  so that children, parents and visitors could enjoy a wonderful storytelling session on the occasion of the 27th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty! It was on Sunday 20th, at Rom Klao Park (60th anniversary of Queen Sirikit Park, Bangkok)!

Event description

Friends of ATD Thailand, Rotary Club of Bangrak, Rotary Club of Bungkum,

Book for Children Foundation (ThaiBBY), Srinakharinwirot University,

and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (Rom Klao District)

invite to the

Celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2013

at the 60th Anniversary of Queen Sirikit Park (Rom Klao Park), BANGKOK, THAILAND

12-20 October: Exhibit : « Friendship without Borders »

A Tapori Exhibit by the students of Satreesethabutbampen Highschool in Minburi at the Green Library of the Park

12 October:

1.30 PM Storytelling “The Dream of Khadija” a Tapori story told by the students of Satreesethabutbampen Highschool in Minburi at the Green Library

20 October: Celebration :

3.30 PM Introductory message by Ms Pornanong Niyomka Horikawa, Committee Chairman of Rotary Club of Bangrak and Book for Children Foundation (ThaiBBY)

3.35 PM Aknowledgements by M. Tawatchai Boonpala, in the name of Friends of ATD Thailand and ATD Fourth World

3.40 PM Opening message by the President of Rotary Club Bangrak and Rotary Club Bungkum

3.45 PM Storytelling for Children program (Srinakharinwirot University)

4.15 PM The Story of Fon, Tapori story introduced by M. Tawatchai Boonpala and performed by the students of Satreesethabutbampen Highschool in Minburi

4.35 PM Symbolic gesture for a world of « Friendship without Borders »

facilitated by Ms Suleeporn Ratanasuree, FATD Committee

4.45 PM Closure: Sharing gifts and ice-cream with the children

 

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Rom Klao Park, Thanon Rom Klao, soi 24
BANGKOK
Thailand

Glasgow - Thursday 17 October 2013 - Speaking aloud in the centre of a city, stories and experiences too often kept hidden around the edges.

Event report

Strivers not skivers, speaking out about experiences of poverty on 17 October in Glasgow.

We had a great turn out for the 17 October, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Fantastic speakers.

Event description

October 17 UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 12 noon - 1pm George Square, Glasgow

Speaking aloud in the centre of the city stories and experiences too often kept hidden round the edges.

Working together towards a world without discrimination.

George Square
Glasgow

New York - Thursday 17 October 2013 - The World We Want 'People's Voices' Series - MDG's, Poverty and the Post-2015 Agenda - Working together for a world without discrimination

Event report

When you live in a shelter, you face discrimination every day – from the food you eat to the way people treat you in the street, you face discrimination,” began Jose. A homeless shelter resident, Jose spoke at the commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at the United Nations on behalf of homeless people and people living in homeless shelters. This day is commemorated every year on October 17th by International Movement ATD Fourth World. In his message, Jose clearly underlined the essence of the theme this year, “Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty.”

Every day, people living in extreme poverty are threatened by lack of food, shelter and access to essential resources. They endure hazardous working conditions, live in precarious, degrading and insecure housing. In addition to these direct effects of poverty, these people also face constant discrimination-a clear violation of their basic human rights.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an opportunity to include the voices and participation of those individuals who are experiencing situations of poverty and to expand participation of all societal groups in poverty eradication efforts. As with every year, this year’s theme takes into account actual inputs and feedback made by activists and people living in poverty. All too often, society ignores the voices and special knowledge that people living in poverty have, excluding them from participation in developing practices and programs that directly influence them.

The program for this year’s commemoration included messages from all over the world. In addition to Jose, a representative from the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston spoke, highlighting the difficulties people living in poverty face, particularly with public benefits and the need for further policy change. Two women from LSA Family Health Services also spoke about the limited choices people living in poverty have especially with regards to food, health, and education. When describing being made fun of at school for her living situation, a fourteen year old ATD Fourth World member living in a homeless shelter brought the audience to tears in addition to receiving a standing ovation.

A video message from Peru featured Julian Quispe, an individual living in poverty who described the silencing effects of discrimination and the empowering effect of knowledge building when it includes people of various social backgrounds. Additionally, a video done by ATD Fourth World reviewed the persistent discrimination that people living in poverty face when it comes to accessing and receiving public services. ATD Fourth World was also honored to have messages from the United Nations Secretary General, presented by the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development as well as from the Ambassadors of France and Burkina Faso to the United Nations. The arts were also represented through a musical performance by Hip Hop Saves Lives, and by a collective art piece directed by Gema Álava in collaboration with WCPUN.

This year’s commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty reinforced calls to all members of society – listen to the voices of individuals living in poverty and include them in the process of decision making, particularly in the formulation of the post 2015 agenda. Other recommendations raised by participants included multidimensional poverty, human rights and dignity.

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You can read all the testimonies at the following address

Event description

“MDGs, Poverty and the Post-2015 Agenda - working together for a world without discrimination”

When: 17 October, 2013 – 10AM – 11:30AM EDT 

Where: UNICEF House Exhibition Space - Danny Kaye Centre - New York

Live Stream Available the day of the event!

To attend please send an RSVP email to info [at] worldwewant2015 [dot] org">info [at] worldwewant2015 [dot] org

October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Building on the many movements and actions that traditionally take place on this day, the World We Want Platform will host its next interactive People's Voices Series event.

Representatives of non-governmental organizations, community organizations, social movements, youth-led organizations, UN agencies, Member States, private sector, media and academia are invited to attend.

The theme for this year’s International Day for the Eradication of poverty is “working together towards a world without discrimination: building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty.”

As always, the “People’s Voices” Series will respond to people's voices calling for an end to poverty and present people’s ideas for global development around important themes and topics. It will include an overview of how the World We Want platform can gather the voices of the most marginalized and impoverished, bring them to the United Nations and the world stage, and facilitate deeper discussion, stronger action, accountability, and response to these voices by all actors.

MODERATOR: John Hendra, Assistant Secretary General, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

KEYNOTE LISTENER: Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor of the Secretary General on Post-2015

PANELISTS:

  • Maryanne Broxton, Constituent Advisor, ATD Fourth World
  • Representative from the Participate Initiative (TBC)
  • Sering Falu Njie, Deputy Director, UN Millennium Campaign
  • Marta Benavides, Co-Chair, Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), Feminist Task Force
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AGENDA

  • Video Presentations – October 17th voices and actions
  • Panel Discussion: ‘See Me, Hear Me, Accept Me’
  • Question and Answer Session
  • Closing Remarks
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Following the ‘People’s Voices’ Series attendees are invited to join ATD 4th World in commemorating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in the UN Secretariat Conference Room 2 at 1:15PM (More information here)

3 United Nations Plaza East 44th Street
New York
United States

Suva - Thursday 17 October 2013 - World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty

Fiji:

For the 17 October, we will be circulating the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty poster.

256 Waimanu Road Fiji Council of Social Services, P.O. Box 13476
Suva
Fiji

Lahore Cantt - Thursday 17 October 2013 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Pakistan:

The Bunyad Foundation will be having a small event to celebrate the 17 October, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

http://www.bunyad.org.pk

Baidyan Road Bunyad Foundation
Lahore Cantt
Pakistan