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

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Cork - Monday 17 October 2016 - Launch of film: End Educational Poverty

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At the following link: is the short film created by our young people as part of the #endpoverty day. We are so proud of their work.

We would like to thank the sponsors of the video, the October 17 Committee and the Department of Social Protection. We would also like to thank our guest speaker today, John Lonergan, for such an engaging and inspiring discussion on poverty. A big thank you to Pierre Klein for all his work coordinating events around the country for what was a very special day. To Keith O'Connell and Cormac Brenock for their professionalism, work and guidance in the making of this project.

And finally a big thank you to all the young people in the Cork Life Centre, but in particular Colm, Darragh, Emmet, Jenny, Megan, Oisin, Rafaello, Ryan, Sarah, Stephanie, Stuart. And not to forget all staff who contributed to the project. Copies of the film are available to the Centre on request. Please like and share!

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17 October is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Join us in the Cork Life Centre as we launch our new film, "End Educational Poverty".

We will officially unveil our #EndPoverty mural, designed and painted by our students.

At 10am, we will welcome John Lonergan to make a speech.

Cork Life Centre 6 Winter's Hill, Sunday's Well Road

Dublin - Monday 17 October 2016 - Over 30 events all around the Country! Ireland Marks End Poverty Day!

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Dear friends around Ireland,

Most of you had your End Poverty Day event in the past few days! Some in Tullamore, Dublin have still some plans for next week!

Thank you for all the piece of news we got so far!
Thank you for the groups who joined us on Monday at the 17 October Stone.
Thank you also for the communities in Drogheda, Tullamore, Clara, Granard, Ballyfermot and Mulhuddart who welcomed members of the Irish Committee at their event.

We started to compile a 2016 Gallery of pictures from all around the country. We will add more pictures later today. See link here! Don't forget to send us your best pictures!

In the "News" section of the website, you can also find brilliant videos made in Cork, Tullamore or Dublin and the powerful address of President Michael D Higgins at the national event.

The Irish Rural Link launched report “Poverty and Social Inclusion: The Case for Rural Ireland” on the 18th October also to mark UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The full report is available here poverty-and-social-inclusion-the-case-for-rural-ireland

We will try to update also the Facebook page with your posts and materials! Keep us informed and do remember, we will include the best pictures in an "End Poverty 2017" Calendar! (see the 2016 Calendar here).

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With the support the UN Day awareness fund managed by the DSP Social Inclusion Division, many community groups and NGOs are now preparing events to mark the 30th global gatherings on a 17 October.

Donwload the National Programme featuring over 30 events here.

To keep in touch and get updates about the day and the events in Ireland and worldwide, join the event Ireland Marks End Poverty Day by chosing the options “Interested” or “Going”!


Dublin - Monday 17 October 2016 - United Nations End Poverty Day Gathering

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At the national End Poverty Day event organised by the Irish 17 October Committee in Dublin, President Michael D. Higgins spoke of the reasons why the day is being marked across the world, and of the importance of going beyond strategies that merely alleviate poverty, by resolving to eradicate poverty at its root causes.

Listen to his powerful address here! Full text of the address here!

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Every year since 2000 on 17 October, celebrations for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty have been taking place in Dublin.

This year, come and join us on Custom House Quay around the Human Rights and Poverty Stone (close the the Famine Statues) from 10.45 (Commemoration will start sharp at 11am) to mark this day together and to listen to testimonies from people struggling against poverty.

« Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty » This is the call from the first gathering on 17 October 1987, carved on the human rights and poverty stones in Paris and Dublin.

This 1987 call, carved on 50 Human Rights and Poverty Stones around the world, stresses the importance of taking action for everybody's access to human rights. It has had numerous impacts throughout the world, in particular in 2012 with the adoption by the UN of the Guiding Principles on extreme poverty and human rights.

Famine Memorial Custom House Quay

New York - Monday 17 October 2016 - New York - Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at the U.N. Headquarters

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We had a truly inspiring, beautiful commemoration at the United Nations. You can watch the entire celebration by the video below. We were grateful to have received these words from Jan Eliasson, the Deputy Secretary-General, at the end of the commemoration:

"I want to say that during my many years at the UN, this is one of the most unusual, one of the most inspiring meetings I’ve attended...I think you reminded us of that very important process of bringing together those who are privileged, those who have reached the position of influence, and those who are affected, those who really need to be brought in and actually take part, in the processes that can change the world. Thanks all of you for bringing life in this room."

Overcoming the injustices of persistent poverty and social exclusion is only possible with your participation. We thank you for being a part of this Movement. 


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The Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in New York is sponsored by the Missions of France and Burkina Faso to the United Nations and will be held on Monday, October 17 from 1.15 to 2.30 pm in Conference Room 2.

The event is organized by the International Movement ATD Fourth World, the NGO Committee for Social Development and the International Committee for October 17 and will include a message by Mr. Ban-Ki-Moon, U.N. Secretary General in addition to activists and non-profit members and individuals living in poverty from across the world. The commemoration will conclude with a performance by singer, Sparsh Shah and a reception at the ATD fourth World office in East Village will follow the ceremony. 

Everyone is welcome to attend. However, because of security at United Nations Headquarters, persons wishing to attend must RSVP to nycteam with their names well in advance of the event.

You must bring ID with you on the day to gain entrance to the United Nations building.

If you are not in New York, you can follow the event on the United Nations live webcast:

46th Street and 1st Avenue U.N. H.Q.
New York
United States

Calgary, - Monday 17 October 2016 - "Enough!" a spoken word performance to mark the United Nations' International Day to Eradicate Poverty.

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An evening of "Enough"-Spoken Word at John Dutton Theatre, for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty!

Poverty Talks would like to thank all of the amazing partners and supporters! Every poet who performed had a story to share, we could not have done it without our poet mentor for the project Erin Dingle.


Watch the video to see the poets who shared their work and who had a powerful story to share! The impacts of poverty, viewpoints for change.

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'Poverty Talks! and its partners, the Calgary Public Library, the Alex Community Food Centre and Knox Presbyterian Church, proudly present "Enough!" a spoken word performance to mark the United Nations' International Day to Eradicate Poverty. 

This exciting event features spoken word performances from Calgarians who intimately understand the impacts of poverty and have an important story to share.  

Members of the spoken word project team have been crafting their performances with the expert guidance of two of Calgary's finest poets- Erin Dingle, a slam poetry champion and Micheline Maylor, Calgary's Poet Laureate.

You won't want to miss this incredible evening as we come together on International Day to Eradicate Poverty.

A light meal will be offered at 6:00pm, before the performance begins'.

 Here's a link to RSVP:

And our website is

John Dutton Theatre Library 616 Macleod Trail Southeast