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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

On 17 October 1987, more than a hundred thousand people gathered in at the Trocadero in Paris, France, and declared that poverty was a human rights violation and one that had to be addressed. Five years later, the General Assembly adopted resolution 47/196, which officially declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. On this day, the everyday struggle of people living in poverty is recognized and it is a chance for their concerns to be heard. Participation of those in poverty has been a key part of the Day's celebration, as well as the policy making around the issue. The convictions that came out of the day are also inscribed in a commemorative stone in France’s capital. A replica of this stone can be found in garden of the United Nations headquarters in New York.

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