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

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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:

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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

Geneva - Monday 17 October 2016 - Geneva - 17th October at the United Nations

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Testimonials from persons living in poverty resounded loud and clear at the Palais des Nations today.

Participants at a special event marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, organized at UN Geneva with the NGO ATD Quart Monde, gained insights into the daily struggles and discrimination faced by those living in poverty. Speaking at the opening of the event, UN Geneva Director-General Michael Møller reminded the audience of the imperative to strive towards ending poverty in all its forms, everywhere, as stated in the very first of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The event placed an emphasis on the need for participation of people living in poverty in the decisions affecting them and their communities, to work together on solutions. A short film showed the example of tackling housing problems in a participative way in Rwanda, followed by concluding remarks by H.E. François Xavier Ngarambe, Ambassador and Permanent representative of Rwanda - Rwanda Mission Geneva.

People also discovered The Letter's Colours exhibition on view at the Palais des Nations, put together by the Forum on Overcoming Extreme Poverty, which publicizes the actions and initiatives of people around the world who are rallying to fight against poverty.

The exhibition showcases extracts of articles taken from the "Letter to Friends Around the World". This publication by NGO ATD Quart Monde relates specific situations experienced by individuals or groups working to end extreme poverty, and sheds light on the initiatives they are driving, as well as their courage and efforts. The extracts are accompanied by drawings by Hélène Perdereau.

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The United Nations Office at Geneva and the International Movement ATD Fourth World have the pleasure to invite you to a commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty "Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: ending poverty in all its forms" With a focus on the right to adequate housing

Monday, 17 October 2016 at 15h00 Room XXIII, Building E, Palais des Nations  

The international community has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to overcoming extreme poverty, and yet today many countries are still struggling to find strategies to effectively reach those who are the most disadvantaged, especially on the issue of the right to adequate housing. In Resolution A/RES/70/210 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 22nd December 2015, Member States acknowledge the importance of making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.  

Nevertheless, in many places around the world, millions of poor families still live in improper and unsafe accommodation with a lack of basic services – public transport, water, sanitation, or electricity. The shift towards urbanization, with 6 out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030, has also led to a growth of overcrowded slums with escalating poverty and unemployment, safety and crime problems, pollution and health issues, as well as poorly managed natural or man-made disasters and other catastrophes due to the effects of climate change.  

The commemoration of the Day this year will therefore look at some of the special challenges faced by people living in extreme poverty in accessing decent housing.  It will also highlight the benefits for governments and civil society organizations to provide opportunities for those directly concerned to be able to participate in efforts to provide decent housing.

Within the context of the forthcoming Habitat 3 Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito from 17 to 20 October, the commemoration will offer an opportunity to develop approaches to poverty and urbanization that will ensure that no one is left behind.  

The Palais des Nations observance will feature:

*a message from the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon  ·        

*a welcoming statement from the UNOG Director-General, Mr. Michael Møller a video statement by Ms. Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing

*contributions from the October 17th Coalition in Geneva, from Agnès Dumas, ATD representative, Switzerland, and Mr Radek Maturana, Assistant Director, Department of Social Service, Geneva,

*followed by an interactive dialogue a video on the project in Rwanda, “Promoting participation of all in the country’s modernisation”

*concluding remarks by H. E. Ambassador François Xavier NGARAMBÉ from the Permanent Mission of Rwanda

*presentation of an exhibit from the ATD Forum on Overcoming Extreme Poverty, "The Colours of our Letters"

To get your accreditation in time, please send before 14th October, your full name (as stated on your identity card required to enter the United Nations) to equipe [dot] geneve [at] atd-quartmonde [dot] org. The time and place for the meeting will be communicated in reply.