International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, celebrated annually on October 17th, is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness and addressing the pressing issue of poverty. In 2023, the focus is on “Decent Work and Social Protection: Putting dignity in practice for all.” This theme emphasizes the importance of universal access to decent work and social protection in upholding human dignity.
The day provides a chance to stand in solidarity with people living in poverty, truly listen to their daily struggles, and renew commitments to create a just economy focused on protecting human and environmental wellbeing over maximizing financial gains. The ultimate goal is to eliminate poverty entirely by creating the conditions for everyone to live with dignity.
The 2023 Theme: Decent Work and Social Protection
This year’s theme highlights the need for decent work that empowers individuals, providing fair wages and safe working conditions. It recognizes the inherent value and humanity of all workers, emphasizing their rights and well-being.
Universal Social Protection
The theme calls for universal social protection to ensure income security for all, with a priority on society’s most vulnerable members. This aspect underscores the importance of safeguarding the rights and welfare of those in need.
Human Dignity as the Guiding Compass
Policy and Decision-Making
The theme urges political leaders and policymakers to prioritize human dignity in their decision-making processes. It advocates for the advancement of fundamental human rights and social justice over corporate profits.
Strong global partnerships between governments, businesses, and civil society organizations are crucial for achieving equitable development and eliminating poverty. This year’s observance encourages solidarity with people living in poverty and reaffirms commitments to creating a just economy.
History of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Origins of the Observance
The observance of this day traces its roots back to October 17, 1987, when a gathering at the Trocadero in Paris proclaimed poverty as a violation of human rights. It emphasized the need for collective action to ensure the respect of these rights.
The UN General Assembly officially declared October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty through resolution 47/196 on December 22, 1992.
Significance of the 2023 Observance
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2023 holds immense significance as a global reminder of the ongoing battle against poverty. It provides a platform to stand in solidarity with those in poverty, listen to their struggles, and renew commitments to creating a just economy focused on human and environmental well-being. The ultimate goal remains the complete eradication of poverty, ensuring that everyone can live with dignity.