History of October 17

On October 17, 1987, in reply to Father Joseph Wresinski’s appeal, 100,000 defenders of human rights gathered together on the Trocadero Plaza in Paris to honour victims of hunger, violence, and ignorance, to express their refusal of extreme poverty, and to call on mankind to unite to ensure the respect of human rights.  "Wherever... Read more
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Commemorative stone

Commemorative Stone in honour of victims of extreme poverty OCTOBER 17, 1987, ON THIS DAY, DEFENDERS OF HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS FROM EVERY CONTINENT GATHERED HERE. THEY PAID HOMAGE TO THE VICTIMS OF HUNGER, IGNORANCE AND VIOLENCE. THEY AFFIRMED THEIR CONVICTION THAT HUMAN MISERY IS NOT INEVITABLE. THEY PLEDGED THEIR SOLIDARITY WITH ALL PEOPLE WHO... Read more
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Replicas of the Commemorative Stone

Replicas of the Commemorative Stone in Honour of the Victims of Extreme Poverty On October 17, 1987, a Commemorative Stone in Honor of the Victims of Extreme Poverty was inaugurated on the Plaza of Human Rights and Liberties (formerly Trocadero Plaza, Paris-France), at the place where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948.... Read more
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The Stone and its Replicas: A Symbol of Our Humanity

The history and significance of the Commemorative Stone in memory of people resisting extreme poverty first displayed on 17 October 1987 in Paris and replicated throughout the world. In 1987, 100,000 people from all over the world demonstrated in Paris on 17 October to bring attention to extreme poverty. A moving ceremony took place near the... Read more
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United Nations Secretary General Report on October 17 (2006)

Report of the Secretary General Summary The present report is submitted in response to General Assembly resolution 60/209, in which the Assembly welcomed the observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and requested the Secretary- General to undertake a review of the observance of the International Day in order to... Read more