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


October 17th, the World Day for Overcoming 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. The October 17th message is: "Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are... Read more
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Partners of the International Day

People in extreme poverty and all those who join them to tackle extreme poverty and exclusion are the first partners of this international day. International organisations supporting celebrations for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty include: The United Nations, for further information please consult the Department of Economic... Read more
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Joseph Wresinski - the inspiration behind October 17th

Joseph Wresinski was born to immigrant parents in a poor neighbourhood of Angers, France. He grew up in a family which suffered from chronic poverty and social exclusion. In 1946, he was ordained as a priest and served in industrial and rural parishes where, right from the beginning, he related to the most deprived families. In 1956, he was... Read more
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