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.
The October 17th message is: "
Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme...
Leave no one behind:
Think, decide and act together against extreme poverty
The theme chosen by the United Nations, in consultation with activists, civil society and non-governmental organizations, recog- nises and underscores the demanding chal- lenge confronting grass roots initiatives, as well as researchers and policy makers, to identify...
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...
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...
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,...