Theme for 2020
Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all

On this page you will find:

  • Testimonies: messages from people living in extreme poverty,...
  • Presentation: the meaning of the Day, its spirit,...
  • Highlights: activities, messages, significant gestures,...
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Online - Thursday 15 October 2020 - Online meeting by the European Parliament Intergroup Fighting Against Poverty

Intergroup against Poverty in the European Parliament:

Public online meeting  this Thursday 15 October from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. around the UN international theme "Acting together for social and environmental justice for all".

Link to register to the meeting

Speakers will include:

- people experiencing poverty from EAPN members BAPN, EAPN Portugal and ATD Fourth World

- Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights),

- MEPs Cindy Franssen and Pierfrancesco Majorino (Co-Chairs of the Intergroup  on Poverty), MEPs Marisa Matias and Marie Toussaint (Vice-Chairs of the Intergroup on Poverty) and Santina Bertulessi (Deputy Head of Cabinet for Commissioner Nicholas Schmit).

Interpretation: English, French, Italian and Portuguese


Intergroupe lutte contre la pauvreté au Parlement européen:

Rencontre en ligne publique ce jeudi 15 octobre de 15h à 17h, autour du thème international de l'ONU "Agir ensemble pour la justice sociale et environnementale pour tous".

Lien pour vous inscrire

Parmi les orateurs figureront:

- des personnes en situation de pauvreté des membres d'EAPN BAPN, EAPN Portugal et ATD Quart Monde

- Olivier De Schutter, Rapporteur spécial des Nations unies sur l'extrême pauvreté et les droits de l'homme),

- les députés européens Cindy Franssen et Pierfrancesco Majorino (co-présidents de l'Intergroupe sur la pauvreté), les députés européens Marisa Matias et Marie Toussaint (vice-présidentes de l'Intergroupe sur la pauvreté) et Santina Bertulessi (chef de cabinet adjoint du commissaire Nicholas Schmit)

Interprétation : Anglais, français, italien et portugais.


Online - Thursday 15 October 2020 - The economy of Francesco

Thursday 15 October: The economy of Francesco - 4pm (Brussels time)

On YouTube:

“Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all”. This is the United Nations theme for October 17, 2020, the World Day for Overcoming Poverty.

“People who live in extreme poverty are often the most affected by climate and environmental change. While they are already taking action to resist poverty, today they are also facing the consequences of these new challenges. On October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the United Nations ensures that their knowledge, contributions and experience are recognized and celebrated. The Economy of Francesco would like to contribute to celebrate the date by organizing an online conversation entitled How do we measure poverty? that will focus on extreme poverty as a multidimensional phenomenon.

The dialogue will be held with Xavier Godinot, Research Director at ATD Fourth World’s Joseph Wresinski Research Institute. He is currently conducting international participatory research with Oxford University on “Determining the dimensions of poverty and how to measure them”, which implements the Merging of Knowledge approach. In this project, people living in poverty are part of the national research teams in six countries, alongside academics and practitioners. Godinot will dialogue with Martha Pancheva, Assistant Professor of Economics, (Sophia University) and John Paul Yumul, Lecturer on the Economy, Society and Sustainable Development (Manila University). Introduction by Luigino Bruni, Scientific Director of The Economy of Francesco.


Glasgow and online - Saturday 17 October 2020 - Lighting a candle and connecting online

For Glasgow finally there will be no physical gathering around the stone due to current restrictions - there will be a lighting a candle which will be filmed and a facebook page has been set up for people to connect and share together through the day.

October 17 Glasgow preparation group

Glasgow and online
United Kingdom

Warsaw, Kielce and online - Friday 16 October 2020 - Different events Oct 16-22

Here are different activities organized in Poland for this year:

- Meeting of people experiencing poverty (PEP) discussing the theme of Oct 17. The gathering will take place on Oct 16 from 1pm to 4pm in Warsaw organised by Towarzystwo Pomocy im. św. brata Alberta koło Warszawa-Praga, EAPN Poland and ATD Fourth World Poland. Possible to join the meeting online at 3pm to share results of discussions.

- Gala „Faces of poverty” on Oct 16: Awarding of prizes of journalist contest "Faces of poverty" for journalists writing about poverty issues, presentation of annual Poverty Watch report on situation of poverty in Poland by president of Polish committee of EAPN prof. R. Szarfenberg, concert (organised by WRZOS).

- Event in ATD office on Oct17 from 2-6pm: discussion and creative workshop around theme of Oct17, launching the song "October 17 as a challenge" written by Jakub Jackiewicz ABIR on occasion of Oct17, presentation of Festival of Dreams and screening of "Our voices" video

- Gathering with testimonies around the Commemorative stone on Oct19 at 11am in Kielce

- Wrzesinski workshop: „Spiritual dimension of social justice” - online meeting on Oct 22 at 5-30pm with a guest Jean Tonglet, member of volunteer corps ATD Fourth World.

Warsaw, Kielce and online

Abuja - Thursday 15 October 2020 - National Launch

The Working Fingers International Intiative will have a National Launch for the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty on 15th at Abuja, while states and grassroots Organisations will have on 17th.

It's a big National Response.