Overview of the International Day and spotlight on the upcoming 17 October 17, 2013


October 17th, the World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty, was officially recognised by the United Nations in 1992. The day was first celebrated in 1987 by thousands of participants at the Human Rights Plaza in Paris, France. Childs The October 17th message is: "     Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme... Read more

Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty

The international theme for October 17, 2013 is : Working together towards a world without discrimination Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty Our world has been facing many crises for many years and it has become apparent to more and more people that urgent changes are needed in order to overcome these problems... Read more

Presentation of International Theme for October 17, 2012

 Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty:Promoting empowerment and building peace "When you get up in the morning and don’t know where to go, with nothing to feed your children, that is violence. When you have to fight others to defend the little you own, that is violence.” A mother from Haiti Extreme poverty destroys the lives and... Read more

Message from the International Committee for October 17

Development is sustainable only when it includes everyone A Message from the International Committee for October 17  on the occasion of the World Day for Overcoming Poverty 17th October 2011 « The eradication of poverty is the greatest challenge confronting the world today and an essential condition for achieving sustainable... Read more

Theme for October 17, 2011

People living in extreme poverty face greater exposure to difficult and dangerous environments, yet have less means to cope with the consequences. They often live in polluted areas or those prone to natural disasters and the effects of climate change, be it floods, drought or landslides. They cannot claim their rights, such as healthcare,... Read more