International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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2023 DateOctober 17, 2023
2024 DateOctober 17, 2024

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an opportunity to recognize the importance of fighting poverty and promoting sustainable development. The day aims to raise awareness about the challenges that impoverished individuals and families face, encouraging global efforts to transform and empower these communities. The United Nations' goal is to see everyone working together, from governments to civil society, to eradicate poverty in all its forms.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was first celebrated in 1987 in Paris and then in 1992 was officially recognized by the United Nations. The day is particularly relevant to Americans as poverty affects millions across the nation, regardless of race or background. The United States struggles with high poverty rates, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has further exposed income inequalities and deepened the financial struggles of those living below the poverty line.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed through various events and campaigns aimed at raising awareness and support for impoverished communities. Organizations, activists, and government officials engage in discussions, volunteer efforts, and fundraising drives to combat poverty throughout the nation. These events, which focus on education, community development, and partnerships with charitable institutions, are essential for raising awareness and inspiring positive change. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed annually on October 17, aligning with the global date set by the United Nations.

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Facts about this day and poverty

  • According to the World Bank, the pandemic is estimated to have pushed an additional 88 million to 115 million people into extreme poverty in 2020, reversing years of progress.
  • 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water. 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation.
  • It has been estimated that the cost to end extreme poverty worldwide would be about $175 billion per year for 20 years, less than 1% of the combined income of the richest countries in the world.
  • 80% of the world lives on less than $10 a day according to
  • 1.6 billion people (25% of the world) live without electricity.

Top things to do in the US for this observance

  • Donate to local shelters or certified charities like K.I.D.S (Kids in Distressed Situations).
  • Support fair-trade products and companies that prioritize ethical labor practices. Choosing products that are manufactured in socially responsible ways can positively impact workers and communities in need.
  • Learn about the root causes and interconnected factors contributing to poverty in America. Understand the systems, policies, and barriers that perpetuate poverty.
  • Make regular donations, either monetary or in the form of non-perishable food items, to local food banks and organizations dedicated to fighting hunger.

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