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Letter To Friends


The “Letter to Friends around the World” makes visible the efforts to build a world without poverty. It provides news from the correspondents who regularly share their experiences of commitment, their reflections and their testimonies.



A broad consultation process is undertaken to select the theme for 17 October. It allows the collection of different points of view which are used to develop the concept note that accompanies the chosen theme.

International Commemoration of October 17


“The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an opportunity to recognize the efforts and struggles of people living in poverty, a chance for them to voice their concerns, and a time to acknowledge that poor people are on the front lines of the fight against poverty.”
(United Nations, Report of the Secretary-General, A/61/308, paragraph 53). Each year, UNDESA, along with other partners including ATD Fourth World International prepare initiatives and events to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP).

Commemorative Stones Around the World


A commemorative stone was unveiled on 17 October, 1987, and has since been replicated in many places around the world. It was engraved with the following text: “Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.” Joseph WRESINSKI

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