17th October celebrated as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Download PDF)


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About International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on 17th October in all over the world. This day’s celebration was made by Joseph Wresinski who was the founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World.

  • It was officially recognized by the United Nations, but the first celebration of the event took place in Paris, France, in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadro to honour victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear.

About Joseph Wresinski:

Image of Joseph Wresinski

Image of Joseph Wresinski

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

  • Fr. Joseph Wresinski (1917–1988) established major standards throughout his life in the fight against the worst forms of poverty, in association with the very poor themselves and other partners.
  • He worked in the field of human activity for the benefit of all.
  • He also wrote a book named “Blessed are you the poor! “

About significance of the day:

  • The Day promotes awareness among people to wipe out poverty and hardship around the world particularly in developing countries.
  • Building a sustainable future to end poverty and discrimination.
  • The theme is one of the 17 aimful goals established in 2015 for a sustainable future.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 19, 2015

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