International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Date: 17 October

Organized By:UN

Categories:General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Bank Exams, Civil Services Exam, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams



United Nations General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated October 17 as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. The first International Day for the Eradication of Poverty observed in the year 1993.

The observance of the day gives an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concern heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. It also reflects the willingness of people living in poverty to use their expertise to contribute to the eradication of poverty.

Actions and Programs

Some programs on the day includes exhibition, panel discussions, people gather to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with the poor, concerts and cultural events etc.

There also a wide online campaign in social sites with #EndPoverty to spread and raise awareness about the day and its importance.

The period 1997 – 2006 is observed as the United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty.


2016: Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms

2015: Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination

2014: Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty

2013: Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty

2012: Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty: Promoting Empowerment and Building Peace

2011: From Poverty to Sustainability: People at the Centre of Inclusive Development

2010: From Poverty to Decent Work: Bridging the Gap

2009: Children and Families Speak Out Against Poverty

2008: Human Rights and Dignity of People Living in Poverty

2007: People Living in Poverty as Agents of Change: 20th Anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

2006: Working Together out of Poverty

2005: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Empowering the poorest of the poor

2004: How Poverty Separates Parents and Children

2003: Successful efforts to reduce poverty around the world


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