“Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity”

What is poverty? In simple words, poverty is a situation in which one is unable to get the minimum basic necessities of life such as food, clothing, and shelter.

People under this category spend less than $2.5 daily, especially in developing countries. They can’t even enjoy their right to a proper education and attend school. Living in hardship as survival requires essential goods and services.

Do you know that poverty also violates human rights? There are many victims that are suffering not only from poverty but also from its side effects such as malnutrition and diseases. Due to this, they are struggling and experiencing miserable conditions.

However, there is great news to be told to the underprivileged as the United Nations officially declared October 17th as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Every 17th of October we observe this day to make sure everyone knows and respects their rights. Also on this day, the poverty-stricken are given the opportunity to acknowledge the struggle and effort of these people living in poverty.

They can actively voice out their thoughts and to ensure they are heard.  

The different level of the social pyramid should work hand in hand to end the extreme poverty and discrimination. The government and society should not neglect the poverty issue, yet take care of the poor to overcome the problem.

Everyone has the responsibility to contribute to building a sustainable future by eradicating poverty. As a result, the poverty rate can be reduced.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can strongly complement such initiatives because it aims to ensure that the active participation of people living in extreme poverty and that furthest behind is a driving force in all efforts made to overcome poverty, including in the design and implementation of programmes and policies which affect them.

Only by creating and nurturing a genuine partnership with people living with poverty will it be possible to build an inclusive world where all people can enjoy their full human rights and lead lives with dignity.

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