Theme for 2020
Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all

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

Event report

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.

Event description

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

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

Event report

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

Event description

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.


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.


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

Event report

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.

Event description

  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

Lusaka - Monday 17 October 2016 - Social Media Event with Youth Volunteers

Event report

The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) is a civil society network that has been building the voice for poor in the fight against poverty.

For the 17 October 2016, they brought together a group of 20 young Zambians who volunteer for a number of NGOs working on Poverty and Development. So on the 17th, using social media they shared their experiences with the form of poverty that they are currently experiencing and how they have felt humiliated and excluded in their communities.

1) What are the forms of deprivation that you and other young people in your community experience?

Ending poverty is imperative so that human beings may live a life of dignity and reach their potential.

Young people lack access to youth friendly health services and information.

Participation in policy making is depriving the youths because there is no one to represent them with the problems faced, and the other challenge is lack of empowerment fund for the youths to help them have a living.

This leads to a poverty vicious cycle hence forth, perpetuating exclusion and humiliation. Lack of access to quality education, decent accommodation, lack of participation in decision making.

Major challenge is lack of information on issues.

Remember let us not leave anyone behind.

Freedom of speech and participation.

Lack of Healthcare facilities, parks and recreation centers. As well as a training centers where young people can learn survival skills such as carpentry, welding,etc

The majority of young people in the rural areas have no access to education.

Youths lack access to information on fundamental human rights and recreation programs like sports.

2) What do you think are some of the causes of Inequality among young people in your community?

Some causes of inequality in my community are education people still think education is for boys and not girls.

Lack of access to an equal education.

Luck of empowerment programs for the youths.

3 ) Is there a form of exclusion that you experience in your community due to the humiliation resulting from your deprivation as young person?

Lack of institutions that are entirely established to fight for the youths and the marginalised in society. To think of it if youths and women account for the majority of our population then why don't we have even a political party for the youth?

Youth unemployment......early access to land....

No effective participation in decision making.

As youths we don't fully participate in policy making.

4 ) How can the government and community contribute to ending inequality and all forms of poverty in your community?

Call for discussion forums through different groupings. Community water taps,schools,church,workplaces,bus station etc

They can contribute by giving equal opportunities and giving empowerment programs to the community.

Community Capacity Building

Community: by actively participating in governance issues and being actively involved in decision making.

Government: access to information plays a very big role because many people do not know that it is their right to have equal access to merit goods such as healthcare, education, clean water and sanitation. Some schools are known to be for the rich as well as other hospitals which shouldn't be the case so there is need for communities to be empowered with information on various issues.

Community: need to speak about inequality openly in order to address it. The community should not just wait for the government to act but take ownership and responsibility in community led development programs to enhance development.

Deliberate policy on equal resource allocation and full community participation.

Event description

This event will bring together a group of 20 young Zambians who volunteer for a number of NGOs working on Poverty and Development. On 17 October, using social media they will  share their experiences with the form of poverty that they are currently experiencing and how they have felt humiliated and excluded in their communities. The Volunteers using the #EndPoverty and #LeaveNoOneBehind hashtag will also demand their leaders to live up to ending poverty, inequality and injustice by 2030!

Chiwalamabwe Road, Lusaka