17.10.2011 | International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries – a need that has become a development priority.

At the Millennium Summit, world leaders committed themselves to cutting by half by the year 2015 the number of people living in extreme poverty – people whose income is less than one dollar a day.

The theme for this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty — “Working together out of poverty” — highlights the need for a truly global anti-poverty alliance, one in which both developed and developing countries participate actively.

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