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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is annually observed on October 17 to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty worldwide.

Local names

NameLanguage
International Day for the Eradication of PovertyEnglish
Día Internacional para la Erradicación de la PobrezaSpanish
היום הבינלאומי למיגור העוניHebrew
اليوم الدولي للقضاء على الفقرArabic
국제 빈곤 퇴치의 날Korean
Internationaler Tag für die Beseitigung der ArmutGerman

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015
List of dates for other years

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on October 17 each year since 1993. It promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty promotes awareness of the need to eradicate poverty worldwide.

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What do people do?

Various non-government organizations and community charities support the Day for the Eradication of Poverty by actively calling for country leaders and governments to make the fight against poverty a central part of foreign policy. Other activities may include signing “Call to action” petitions, organizing concerts and cultural events, and holding interfaith gatherings that may include a moment of silence.

Public life

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to October 17, 1987. On that date, more than 100,000 people gathered in Paris, France, to honor the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. Since that moment, individuals and organizations worldwide observed October 17 as a day to renew their commitment in collaborating towards eradicating poverty. In December, 1992, the UN General Assembly officially declared October 17 as the date for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (resolution 47/196 of December 22, 1992). 

In December 1995, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997–2006), following the Copenhagen Social Summit. At the Millennium Summit in 2000, world leaders committed themselves to cutting by half the number of people living in extreme poverty by the year 2015. 

Symbols

The United Nations Postal Administration previously issued six commemorative stamps and a souvenir card on the theme “We Can End Poverty”.  These stamps and the souvenir card featured drawings or paintings of people, particularly children, working together in the fight against poverty. Many of these images used strong colors and contrasts.  These stamps resulted from an art competition where six designs were selected from more than 12,000 children from 124 countries.

Note: Although the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was first officially celebrated by the UN in 1993, many people around the world celebrated the day annually on October 17 since 1987.

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedOct 171990International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 171991International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
SatOct 171992International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
SunOct 171993International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
MonOct 171994International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
TueOct 171995International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 171996International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
FriOct 171997International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
SatOct 171998International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
SunOct 171999International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
TueOct 172000International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
WedOct 172001International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 172002International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
FriOct 172003International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
SunOct 172004International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
MonOct 172005International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
TueOct 172006International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
WedOct 172007International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
FriOct 172008International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
SatOct 172009International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
SunOct 172010International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
MonOct 172011International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
WedOct 172012International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 172013International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
FriOct 172014International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
SatOct 172015International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
MonOct 172016International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
TueOct 172017International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
WedOct 172018International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 172019International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
SatOct 172020International Day for the Eradication of PovertyUnited Nations observance 
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