World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty History
World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty serves to generate awareness of world poverty and destitution. Poverty can be relative, a standard which is determined by individual governments, or it can be absolute, which is synonymous with destitution, meaning that a person cannot meet basic life needs, such as food, water, clothing and shelter. Today, almost half of the world’s population live on less than $2.50 per day and more than 1.3 billion live on less than $1.25 per day.
World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty was first commemorated in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered at the Trocadero, a famous area of Paris, to honour those who are victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear. The initiative was launched by Father Joseph Wresinski, the founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, an organization dedicated to eradicating world poverty. It wasn't until 1992 that World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty was officially recognised by the United Nations however the United Nations celebrates the day under the name International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This holiday is observed annually on October 17th.
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World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty - References and Related Siteswww.coe.int: World Day of Poverty www.dosomething.org: Facts About Global Poverty United Nations: Poverty Day UNESCO: Poverty data.worldbank.org: World Bank Data www.poverty.ac.uk: UK Poverty overcomingpoverty.org: overcomingpoverty.org