International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Since 1993, on October 17th, the UN observes the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The idea is to promote people’s awareness to the plight of poverty in our world. The United Nations have set up a deadline to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015 as part of their Millennium Development Goals.


The Millennium Development Goals were established in 2000 when world leaders came together at the United Nations and adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration. The declaration states that by 2015, the United Nations Member States have agreed to meet the following eight goals:


1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development


Here is the United Nations Millennium Development Goal Report 2010:


I am a firm believer that we, citizens of the world, can eradicate poverty in our world. In order for us to do so, we must continue to do the work that we are doing, wether it is being a teacher, lawyer, social worker, therapist, engineer, doctor, etc., we all have a role to play. Let us keep planting seeds for a better world. The next generations depend on the work we continue to do. Let us provide them with a much peaceful world.






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