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October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2021

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2021

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: The International Day for Eradication of Poverty is observed on October 17 every year globally.

Key Points:

  • This year marks the 28th anniversary of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
  • The day is devoted to present and promote concrete activities with regard to eradicating poverty and destitution and acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty.
  • The day aims to raise awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution around the world, particularly in developing countries.

The theme of 2021:

  • The theme for International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2021 is “Building forward together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet.”

History:

  • On December 22, 1992, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 47/196 and declared October 17 as the International Day for Eradication of Poverty.
  • The event was first commemorated in Paris, France, in 1987 at the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honor victims of poverty, hunger, violence, and fear.
  • This year also marks the 32nd anniversary of the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski — which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty — and the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
  • The commemorative stone was unveiled by Joseph Wresinski, founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World.

World Bank Report:

  • The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has shaken the world and has resulted in reversing decades of progress in the fight against poverty and extreme poverty.
  • According to the World Bank report, published by the United Nations, between 88 and 115 million people have been pushed towards poverty.
  • Majority of the people are from South Asian and Sub-Saharan countries, during the crisis.
  • This number is expected to have risen, ranging between 143 and 163 million in the year 2021, adding up to the 1.3 billion people already living in poverty before the global pandemic.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to eradicate poverty in all its forms by 2030.
  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to create sound policy framework based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies to ensure that by 2030 all men and women have equal rights to economic resources, access to basic services.

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