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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
by The Ovi Team
2017-10-17 11:28:10
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food01The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17 October 1987. On that day, over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signefood02d in 1948, to honour the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. They proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to come together to ensure that these rights are respected. These convictions are inscribed in a commemorative stone unveiled on this day. Since then, people of all backgrounds, beliefs and social origins have gathered every year on October 17th to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with the poor. Replicas of the commemorative stone have been unveiled around the world and serve as a gathering place to celebrate the Day. One such replica is located in the garden of United Nations Headquarters and is the site of the annual commemoration organized by the United Nations Secretariat in New York.

Through resolution 47/196 adopted on 22 December 1992, the General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution. The resolution further invites intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to assist States, at their request, in organizing national activities for the observance of the Day, and requests food04the Secretary-General to take, within existing resources, the measures necessary to ensure the success of the Day's observance by the United Nations.

October 17th presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and food03_400struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. Participation of the poor themselves has been at the centre of the Day's celebration since its very beginning. The commemoration of October 17th also reflects the willingness of people living in poverty to use their expertise to contribute to the eradication of poverty.

"The campaign to make poverty history-a central moral challenge of our age-cannot remain a task for the few; it must become a calling for the many. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I urge everyone to join this struggle. Together, we can make real and sufficient progress towards the end of poverty."
         
United Nations Ex-Secretary-General, Kofi Annan
Excerpts taken from his message to be delivered on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2006.

 


    
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Emanuel Paparella2009-10-17 11:19:51
Another paradox of reason: the specie that has the technology and the know how to eradicate world hunger tomorrow cannot find the political will to do so, for indeed, as Octavio Paz reminded his fellow Nobel laureates two decades or so ago, the eradication of poverty is not a technical problem but a human problem, the problem of dehumanization; it will never be solved by those who think that it is a mere logistical problem. Mere technical power in the hands of a specie which has dehumanized itself and incapable of grasping its own human nature ultimately produces more damage. Twenty years later, in fact, the problem has gotten worse.


ap2009-10-17 17:30:10
But at the same time, some redoubts with a global character announce 'more limpid levels of communication'. Is there some hope in that path?


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