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

Welcome

The World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty has been celebrated every October 17th since 1987. Born from the initiative of Father Joseph Wresinski and that of several thousand people from all backgrounds who gathered on the Plaza of Human Rights in Paris in 1987, this day has been officially recognized by the United Nations since 1992. Why a... 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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