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Updated On: Monday, November 20 2017

Eradicating Poverty

Content by: South-South News

17 October 2016, New York, USA | South-South News — The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17) was commemorated at the United Nations with a forum entitled “Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms.”

“The 17th of October is a special day for people around the world because it recognizes that the people living in poverty are the ones leading the fight against extreme poverty,” said Mariyamou Drammeh, one of the event’s co-hosts. “The commemoration organized on this day provides an important opportunity to publicly acknowledge the ongoing efforts and daily struggle of people living in poverty. All these gatherings, people living in poverty, and people from all walks of life meet in equal dignity and mutual respect.”

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson noted, “Poverty is both a cause and a consequence of modernization and social exclusion. To fulfill the promise of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind, we must address the exclusion of people living in poverty.” He added, “Exclusion, humiliation, and frustration are powerful drivers of social unrest, violence, and radicalization. In extreme cases, this leads to the violence extremism that are plaguing so many parts of the world, as we know. That is why our strategy for combatting violence extremism must tackle root causes.”

 

The forum was organized by the UN, the governments of France and Burkina Faso, and several non-governmental organizations including the International Movement ATD Fourth World and the NGO Committee for Social Development.

We have observed an increase in poverty in both the developing and developed countries,” said Yemdaogo Eric Tiare, Burkina Faso’s ambassador to the United Nations, “People who are poor are sometimes socially excluded and are unable to contribute to the economic, social, cultural, and political lives of their communities. We all understand that poverty is extreme in view of its complexity and its multi-dimensional character. All of us – states, partners, UN organizations – must redouble our efforts in order to achieve Goal One of the Sustainable Development Agenda. That is to saying eliminating poverty in all its forms, everywhere in the world.”

The forum also heard from the poor and advocates for the poor. Kimberly Tyre, a Parent Advocate at the Child Welfare Organizing Project (USA), said, “If you educate parents and learn from their knowledge, expertise and experience, you can come to the table and collaborate and work with others to see what we all can do… If you are poor, you are not going to be at the table and if you get to the table, you’ve got to know what you are talking about because they won’t think you’re credible because you are poor. You can talk from your personal experience, but it has to be facts. And if you’re poor, you need to come to the table otherwise people will not know that you exist.”

Human Rights Activist Patrick Lubin noted, “What sort of society do we live in? How can we accept going on like that, without doing anything? The real problem is cowardice, injustice and selfishness. People look and do nothing. Each person needs to feel concerned. Not doing anything is a violation of human rights. It’s criminal negligence.”

 

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