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Leave No One Behind: Think, Decide and Act Together Against Extreme Poverty
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Athlone - Friday 17 October 2014 - Interactive art piece for the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

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Fantastic turn out to the launch of our Interactive art piece for the UN eradication of Poverty. Thanks to all the residents who showed their support to the Men's Shed. Massive thanks to Mayor Frankie Keena for unveiling the piece, thanks to members from Athlone Community Radio and the newspapers. And last but not least to Patsy Preston : Visual Artist for her guidance, imagination and incredible artistic ability.

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The Men's Shed along with the Monsignor McCarthy Family Resource Centre would like to invite you to our event for The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty this Friday 17th October at 11.30am which will be held at the playground in Battery Heights, Athlone.

We have constructed an art piece which will be unveiled at this event by the Municipal Town Mayor Frankie Keena. The piece introduces the issue of child poverty to illustrate the Irish statistics that 1 in 10 children in Ireland are at risk of poverty. The piece is an interactive table containing 10 plates which have an abacus play frame on each one, except one (this one to represent the one child in poverty).

Battery Heights
Athlone
Ireland

Dublin - Friday 17 October 2014 - Dublin 17 October Community Gathering

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Invitation to mark the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October at Dublin’s Docklands

The Irish 17 October Committee (www.17october.ie) invites you to join people from all walks of life and from every sector of society who will come together to express solidarity with people experiencing poverty and social exclusion.

The UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty Commemoration – beginning on Friday 17 October at 11am close to the Famine Memorial on Custom House Quay, Dublin - is an opportunity for people and communities to have their voices heard through personal testimonies from people who experience poverty, as well as through music, stories, and presentations from school children. Different people will share their experiences and hopes.

The 2014 UN theme of the Day is :“Leave No One Behind: Think, Decide and Act Together Against Extreme Poverty”. “Leave No One Behind”- means putting an end to discrimination based on social disadvantage, and ensuring that no one is forgotten in our efforts to build a more equitable world. “Think, Decide and Act Together Against Extreme Poverty”- means deciding to do what it takes to ensure that people living in extreme poverty become the primary partners in programmes to overcome poverty and promote development. Only by working together with them will we be able to ensure that no one is left out.

Follow news about the UN day in Ireland and worldwide: @17octcomIRL and on www.17october.ie - Tweet and support the worldwide mobilisation: ‪#‎EndPoverty‬ - Join the Thunderclap http://thndr.it/1sxLiS0 : you can sign up to donate your social media profile (Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr) so that a message will be sent out all around the world all at the same time (17 October at 1:00 pm NY City time - just as the event at the United Nations is beginning): - A Poster to invite around you can be downloaded at www.17october.ie/?p=371

Commemoration will be followed by social gathering with refreshments at Liberty Hall

Visit www.17october.ie

Follow us at @17octcomIRL

Famine Memorial, Custom House Quay
Dublin
Ireland

New York - Friday 17 October 2014 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2014

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October 17, declared by the UN as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, was officially celebrated at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The commemoration this year consisted of three different events, which all collectively addressed the theme: “Leave No One Behind: Think, Decide, and Act Together against Extreme Poverty.”

The week began with the launch of a week-long art exhibition of collective artworks by people living in poverty. On October 16, a panel discussion marked the importance of women as active contributors to the fight against poverty. Both events included contributions from members of ATD Fourth World teams in New York and Boston.

On the 17th itself, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened up the commemoration by addressing inequality: “Entrenched poverty and prejudice, and vast gulfs between wealth and distribution, can undermine the fabric of societies and lead to instability.” He went on to say that, “We must ensure that the voices of people living in poverty are not only heard but acted upon,” re-emphasizing the participation of every person. Alvenia Hutton from ATD Fourth World New York, later presented a collection of “Hero Cards” as a token of appreciation upon his departure.

Kaidi Kenyatta and Derek Morris from the Center for Social Policy at UMASS Boston spoke of engagement with people directly affected by poverty and their participation in our Merging Knowledge project. Mr. Morris spoke of breaking down stereotypes, as “all participants must be seen as a person who possess valuable knowledge and life experiences.” “We don’t come together to agree, but to understand,” said Ms. Kenyatta.

After a video message from the International Presentation Association in Zambia, Evelyn Sanchez from ATD Fourth World New York, discussed her experiences as a single mother living in the projects. She mentioned a lack of resources and support in her neighborhood, with children and senior citizens having no access to positive activities or services. Pierre Simmons from Sure We Can spoke about the challenges of living on benefits, and insisted that the causes rather than the symptoms of poverty must be treated. “Love coupled with education will be our hammer and chisel to break the chains of the mindset that holds a person in the bondage of poverty,” he said.

William Westery from Neighbors Together continued the discussion by addressing stereotypes and discriminations faced by people on benefits, and the demands for good policies that will help people build their lives and communities. Speaking from his personal experience, Mr. Westery declares that “we have to give people the means to make a change.”

H.S. Simplice Honoré Guibila, Deputy Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the United Nations, and H.E. Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, expressed their support for this global dialogue, particularly in relation to the MDG’s and the Post-2015 Agenda. Musical and dance performance by Yoshiko Chuma, Patricia Nicholson Parker, Jason Kao Hwang, and Shayna Dulberger created a beautiful sight of expressions in the conference room.

Closing remarks by Donald Lee from International Committee for October 17 brought the program to an end. He emphasized that we need to acknowledge and learn from people who have direct experiences of poverty to create sustainable development. “It is only when we work together that we are able to transform our lives and communities,” said Mr. Lee.

Please, follow the link to look at the webcast of the event: http://webtv.un.org/watch/2014-international-day-for-the-eradication-of-poverty-observance/3845680084001

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2014

Friday, 17 October 2014

1.15 pm - 2.30 pm

Conference Room 2, United Nations Conference Building, New York

The 2014 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) will be held on Friday, 17 October at United Nations Headquarters in New York, focusing on the theme - 

"Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty"

This year's event is organized in partnership with the International Movement ATD Fourth World, the NGO Sub-committee for the Eradication of Poverty and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, supported by the Missions of France and Burkina Faso to the United Nations.

The commemoration will include a message from the Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, keynote speeches, including from people living in poverty.

Also featured will be a musical performance and an art exhibition “Leave No One Behind”.

As one of many initiatives taking place on this day, a ten-part exhibition of collective artwork by people living in poverty will be mounted on the premises of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Each collection shows how the human act of creation—whether by rousing strength and hope, or bestowing a peaceful calm–helps people to hold their heads high, to come together in dignity, and to leave no one behind.

More information is available online at:
http://social.un.org/index/Poverty/InternationalDayfortheEradicationofPoverty.aspx

United Nations
New York
United States

Clinchco - Friday 17 October 2014 - Leaving no one behind

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Celebrating the October 17, World Day for Overcoming Poverty, has become a tradition in rural Dickenson County, Virginia. Some residents have attended the event since the first celebration in 1995.  The day is a time for people to come together to remind each other of the struggle, often heroic, that people in chronic poverty encounter every day.  It’s a time to reflect on how we can join with them to eradicate that situation.

This year’s commemoration at the Clinchco Senior center gathered 35 participants for an evening beginning with a potluck supper.  During the meal, people filled out a a short “poverty quiz” and a slide presentation at the beginning of the program explained the answers which many found quite revealing. Linda Dixon and Sister Jackie Hanrahan treated us to some wonderful singing and we heard testimonies from three local residents and a Wiconsin visitor, Karen Hart.  She is a probation officer and told the story of an ex-offender she dealt with.  He turned his life around and is volunteering to help others on probation complete their time successfully.

Sherri Stapleton, a teaching assistant at the Kids Central Head Start program explained  how the program really concentrates on the children who need it the most. To include the international aspect of the day, Peggy Mariner read a testimony from a woman in Tanzania while Sister Bernie Kenny spoke on the message of this year’s theme, “Leave No One Behind”.

The comments about the evening were very positive and now the challenge for us is to live out the theme in our own lives as well as in a common effort with others.

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The annual celebration of October 17 in Dickenson County, Virginia, will be held at the Senior Citizen Center in Cinchco at 6pm. It will start with a potluck supper followed by  the commemoration that will include a video presentation, music and songs.

The Board of Supervisors of Dickenson County recognized the day and encouraged the residents to participate in the event.

Main Street
Clinchco
United States

New York - Thursday 16 October 2014 - Panel Discussion: the World We Want Post 2015

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In commemoration of the twenty year anniversary of the Beijing Platform of Action on Women’s Empowerment, the event contributed to the global conversation by exploring the disproportionate effects that poverty has on women, as well as how women contribute to the fight against poverty.

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The World We Want Post 2015 Platform and the NGO Committee on the Status of Women will host a panel discussion with a variety of experts on 16 October 2014 (1.15-2.30 pm at UNHQ) to commemorate the 2014 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action.

The event will explore the disproportionate effects of poverty on women and women's contributions to the fight against poverty. It will also create a space for people living in poverty, particularly women, to share their insights on the UN’s development policy, including the post-2015 agenda and Beijing +20.

United Nations
New York
United States