New York, 17 October 2022 (TDI): International Day for Eradication of Poverty is observed on 15 October each year all across the globe. On this day, individuals & organizations renew their commitment to collaborating toward eradicating poverty.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of International Day for Eradication of Poverty. The theme for this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is Dignity for All in Practice: The commitments we make together for social justice, peace, & the planet.

Significance of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

International Day for Eradication of Poverty is significant as it promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, especially in developing countries.

According to the United Nations “The day presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty”.

This day highlights the problems faced by poverty-stricken people or families across the globe. It includes bringing forth the problems like hunger, lack of shelter, being sick, or not having enough money.

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Moreover, on this day the world honors people living in poverty and their daily courage. It also raises awareness of why global cooperation is necessary to eradicate poverty.

In addition, the day embarks that the dignity of the human being is not only a fundamental right in itself but constitutes the basis of all other fundamental rights as well.

Historical Background

The history of observing this day dates back to 17 October 1987 to commemorate victims of extreme hunger, violence, and poverty.

On that day over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadero in Paris. It is the same place where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signing took place to honor the victims of extreme poverty, violence, and hunger.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty through resolution 47/196.