Theme for 2016
Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms

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Plovdiv - Monday 17 October 2016 - Meeting with the inhabitants of Stolipinovo

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Message from October 17, 2016 in Stolipinovo, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

During the last months, we were meeting people in the neighbourhood of Stolipinovo, in Plovdiv - Bulgaria. With inhabitants facing poverty and discrimination, we have been writing some of their sentences on the chairs we were sitting on while sharing, or on the wooden cubes created with a craftsman from Stolipinovo.

On the occasion of October 17, 2016, we continued to speak with inhabitants and also some children have drawn what is important for them on the cubes.

Some of their sentences, their thoughts have been gathered and included in this text, along with photographic materials in order to visualise the cubes:

Our biggest problems are the electricity, the water and the registration, the documents.

- Everything needs to be fixed, to be repaired; we cannot live in such filth. The playgrounds need to be repaired so that the children will not have to play in the dirt. The basements are filled with water to the top; the block is going to collapse.

- Life is very difficult, I am poor, I don’t have electricity.

- For 35 years I have not had any water supply in the apartment. I cannot live without water.

- The live in the illegal houses, without electricity and without water supply, it is so difficult that my grandson is in the hospital.

- How many people are living in such a small room – the father, the mother and their three children?

During the cold months, in the blocks or in the small kiosks in front of them, people light their stoves with everything they can find like car tyres... Due to the smoke, the children cannot breathe inside the apartments.

May God give everybody health.

We draw our power from God. It doesn’t come from us.

In order to understand the future, you need to get to know the past.

I am Bulgarian, but the state doesn’t recognize anything. We are kind of Alien.

I want to have my own house, not to live in misery;

I want my son to have a life like all other children;

But poverty is ongoing;

Whatever we do, nothing helps.

The hard life unites people. How boring and ugly the life would be if there was only one flower?

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Clinchco, Dickenson County, Virginia - Monday 17 October 2016 - Potluck supper followed by a celebration on the theme of participation

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We had a record number of people come to our event, 58 and that is big for here. A mix of faithful local people who never miss this day, elected officials, and ten students from Notre Dame University who were in the county for a week of civil service, mainly housing repairs for people who can't afford it. We always start by a potluck supper which is a nice way for people to mingle. The celebration itself lasted about one hour. It started with a song on the theme of Participation: Every Voice Counts. The music was on the tune of "Anticipation" and the lyrics made by us. Followed by a quiz on various issues related to poverty. Then a series of testimonies and songs by Linda Dixon, a well-known local singer and the refrain of Participation in between each testimony. Then people read aloud together what we call here the October 17 Poem which is Father Joseph's speech, "Millions.." and a young local musician ended the evening.

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At 5:30pm

Potluck supper followed by a celebration on the theme of participation.

Testimonies and music.

Each year the Board of Supervisors passes a resolution for the observance of the day. Please read it below.

Dickenson County, Virginia, USA

At the Senior Citizen Center on Main Street, Clinchco

Main Street Senior Citizen Center
Clinchco, Dickenson County, Virginia
United States

Mymensingh - Friday 21 October 2016 - A society that leaves no one behind and reaches out to the poorest.

MATI Bangladesh will have an event on the 21 October in link with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

All the students who receive MATI school scholarships are invited, and there will be among other things a drawing competition with the title “ A society that leaves no one behind and reaches out to the poorest”. There will also be the communal lunch and an activity with these people.


Manthali - Monday 17 October 2016 - Commemoration in a village and school

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Some photos from our Celebration of World Poverty Day from the village of Manthali school children in Ramechap District, Nepal, organized by Ms. Namrata Sharma from RHEST

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The Rural Health and Education Service Trust (RHEST) will celebrate the World Poverty Day in the village of Manthali with school children in Ramechap District, Nepal.


Paris - Monday 17 October 2016 - Presentation of the World Social Science Report 2016

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Message by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

“Uniting all for peace, sustainability and dignity: breaking the vicious circle of poverty”

Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030 is an ambitious but achievable goal -- the key to success rests on political determination, driven by solid knowledge about the causes, mechanisms and consequences of poverty. The possibility of achieving fast and sustained poverty eradication depends on our ability to work collaboratively.

As measured by the 2016 Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index, 1.6 billion persons are identified today as poor. That staggering figure reveals levels of human deprivation far beyond what arbitrary income lines can capture. Poverty is about money, but never just about money, as underlined by UNESCO’s 2016 World Social Science Report. Better understanding of the relationships between income and other dimensions of poverty can help to empower people living in poverty as agents of change.

Delivering the poverty eradication goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development demands renewed policy approaches and more comprehensive and sophisticated knowledge. Beyond traditional mechanisms of poverty reduction, poverty can be only solved by tackling inequalities. So long as injustice and exploitation are embedded in economic, social and cultural systems, poverty will continue to devastate the lives of millions of women and men.

Breaking the vicious circle of poverty by 2030 is part of a larger cultural transformation based on solidarity, collaboration and peace to which UNESCO is deeply committed. Through powerful tools for social transformation -- education, culture, science, communication and information -- UNESCO contributes to embedding social justice within societies. Justice is a right, and justice and good governance are foundations for more lasting and sustainable peace.

Ending poverty is not just helping the poor – it is giving every woman and man the chance to live with dignity. By eradicating poverty, all humanity will be transformed.

This is UNESCO’s message today.

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  Monday, 17 October 2016  Time: 1:45pm to 2:45pm

UNESCO, the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) will release the 3rd edition of the World Social Science Report in September 2016.

This edition focuses on the theme ‘Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World.’ Bringing together over 100 contributions on the theme of inequality from social scientists from multiple disciplines and from over 40 countries, the conclusion of the Report asks ‘what are the roles of social science in identifying and building transformative pathways towards greater equality?’

The report will be launched at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, in Stockholm, Sweden, on 22 September 2016, followed by an event at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) the same day.

A presentation will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on 17 October 2016, in conjuncture with the International Day on the Eradication of Poverty.

    Where: UNESCO Headquarters in  Paris   Type of Event: Special Event   Contact: John Crowley, j [dot] crowley [at] unesco [dot] org
UNESCO Headquarters 7, place de Fontenoy, Paris