International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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2024 Date17 October 2024
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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an annual observance that aims to promote awareness and action against poverty across the globe. This global event focuses on the importance of eradicating poverty and destitution to create a sustainable and inclusive world. The observance emphasizes the significance of empowering people living in poverty and enabling their active participation in the decisions that affect their lives, thus directly contributing to the global fight against the poverty crisis.

October 17 was declared as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992, inspired by the initiative taken during the same year by Father Joseph Wresinski, founder of the international movement ATD Fourth World. In India, poverty remains a pressing issue, with millions of citizens still living below the poverty line. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty presents an essential platform for addressing the contributing factors, such as lack of access to quality education, healthcare, and employment opportunities, to alleviate the hardships faced by the poor in India.

To observe International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, several events and initiatives are organized in India, involving various stakeholders such as government bodies, non-governmental organizations, and communities. These events aim to raise awareness about poverty-related issues and to mobilize resources and support for the eradication of poverty in the country. By participating in and supporting these initiatives, the people of India can contribute to the worldwide efforts to eradicate poverty and create a better future for all.

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.
  • As per a report by Oxfam, the wealth of the top 1% of India’s population increased by over 39% in 2020, while the bottom 50% saw an increase of just 3%.
  • As of 2021, India is home to 22% of the world's poor, according to a UN report.

Top things to do in India for this observance

  • Donate to local shelters or certified charities like K.I.D.S (Kids in Distressed Situations).
  • Contribute to trusted NGOs working to eradicate poverty in India by donating money, resources, or your time. Research and select organizations that have a proven track record of effectively addressing poverty-related issues.
  • Explore and support sustainable development practices that aim to alleviate poverty. This could involve encouraging eco-friendly initiatives, conservation of resources, or advocating for fair trade practices.

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