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I would like to send by best wishes to all those taking part in the 2014 UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
The theme for this year’s International Day is: Leave No One Behind: Think, Decide and Act Together Against Extreme Poverty. It is a theme which invites us, as global citizens, to work in unison to fight one of the greatest human rights violations of the 21st century - global hunger.
It is also a theme which reminds us that if we are to stand in solidarity with the world’s poor and marginalized, we must never allow silent indifference or thoughtless collusion to overcome our innate humanitarian instinct.
UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is a significant date on the global calendar. I thank you for ensuring it is a day when we, in Ireland, join together with citizens across the world in a spirit of shared humanity as we seek for sustainable solutions to marginalization and poverty.
Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland