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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Join the fight against poverty on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: donate, volunteer, and spread awareness to give hope to those in need.
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Mark your calendars for October 17, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This day was established in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness and inspire action against poverty around the world. It's a time to reflect on how far we've come and also an opportunity to work together towards ending poverty once and for all. As we recognize this special day, let us take a moment to appreciate what we have and be grateful for our blessings, while also striving to help those less fortunate. Let's create a world where everyone has access to basic needs such as food, shelter, education and healthcare.

History of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1945</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UN insistent on Eradicating Poverty</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations (UN) is formed, including in its charter the commitment to promote social progress and better standards of life, implicitly encompassing poverty eradication as a goal.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1960</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Bank's Poverty Focus</div><div class='timeline-text'>The World Bank shifts its focus to addressing poverty by promoting sustainable economic growth in developing countries.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1987</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Poverty Commemoration</div><div class='timeline-text'>Father Joseph Wresinski, a leading advocate for the underprivileged, organizes a gathering in Paris to honour victims of poverty, hunger, and violence, sparking the idea for an International Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UN Official Day for Poverty Eradication</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations General Assembly officially designates October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Poverty Millennial Goal</div><div class='timeline-text'>The UN establishes the Millennium Development Goals, including a target to halve extreme poverty and hunger around the world by 2015.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Sustainable Development Agenda</div><div class='timeline-text'>The UN introduces the Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 1: "End poverty in all its forms everywhere" by 2030.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local organization that is devoted to helping those in poverty and volunteer your time. It will be a rewarding experience and it will help make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a poverty relief fund</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Donating money to a relief fund can help support those in need and provide tangible help to those in poverty. There are plenty of funds that focus on helping the poor, so search for one that resonates with you.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread awareness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Raising awareness of poverty can help spread the message and bring more attention to such an important issue. Share information about poverty, its causes, and its effects on social media or talk to friends and family about what you have learned.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a fundraiser</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organizing a fundraiser can be a great way to raise money for those in poverty. Have a bake sale or car wash, or organize an event such as a concert or art show, and donate the proceeds to a poverty relief fund.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Educating yourself on the issue of poverty is important if you want to make an impact. Read books and articles, watch documentaries, and listen to stories from those affected by poverty. This will help you understand the issue better and motivate you to take action.</p></div></div>

Why International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises global awareness about poverty</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an important reminder to the world that poverty still exists on a global scale. The day helps spread awareness and understanding of its underlying causes, which can eventually lead to change in public policies and attitudes towards this issue.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages international collaboration</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The day helps to bring people together from all over the world with similar goals - to eradicate poverty. Countries work together by exchanging ideas and developing strategies that can be implemented on a global level in order to help end extreme poverty in our lifetimes.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It motivates individuals to take action</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Celebrating International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is also a way for individuals to get involved and make a difference. Through donations, working with charitable organizations or even volunteering time, everyone has a role to play when it comes to helping those in need.</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts about Eradicating Poverty

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>About 9.2% of the World's Population Lives in Extreme Poverty</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to the World Bank, as of 2017, nearly 700 million people live on less than $1.90 per day, a standard measure of extreme poverty.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Poverty is More Than Just a Lack of Income</h3><p class='facts-content'>The UN defines poverty as a denial of choices and opportunities. It is not only about lack of income but also about the inability to acquire the basic goods and services necessary for survival with dignity.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Half of the World's Poor are Children</h3><p class='facts-content'>Children are disproportionately affected by poverty. The World Bank reports, half of those living in extreme poverty are under the age of 18 which severely impacts their ability to access education and healthcare.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Education can Help Break the Cycle of Poverty</h3><p class='facts-content'>UNESCO reports that if all adults completed secondary education, we could cut the global poverty rate by more than half. Education provides job opportunities and empowers people to improve their living conditions.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Poverty Stricken Areas Also Suffer the Most from Climate Change</h3><p class='facts-content'>Those living in poverty have a higher risk of severe weather effects such as droughts, floods and storms, which are exacerbated by climate change. They often lack the resources to recover from such disasters, trapping them further in a cycle of poverty.</p></div></div>

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty FAQs

When is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty?

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated on October 17 every year. In 2024, it will occur on a Thursday.

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