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When is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in 2021?

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in 2021 is on the Sunday, 17th of Oct (10/17/2021).

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is on the 290th day of 2021. There are 75 days left in the year.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Facts

  • Date: Oct 17, 2021
  • International
  • Also Called: World Poverty Day, Poverty Day
  • Celebrations: NGOs and community charity organizations support the day by organizing concerts and signing petitions
 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

A nation of hungry and poverty-stricken citizens cannot be peaceful. Poverty is the source of most evils, and the common man cannot remain loyal to his fellow countrymen as long as his stomach is empty.

Every year, the world marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17th October. This day is also called Poverty Day or World Poverty Day, and it is observed to create awareness of the extreme poverty conditions in some parts of the world and ways to eradicate the vice. The day is supported by many governments, NGOs, and other charitable organizations.

History of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The first observance of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was on Saturday, 17th October 1987, when 100000 people assembled in Trocadéro Paris, France to honor victims of poverty, violence, and hunger. The initiative was spearheaded by Father Joseph Wresinski, who was the founder of International Movement ATD Fourth World, a movement dedicated to curbing poverty. It is in Trocadéro that the UN Declaration of Human Rights was signed, and the principals agreed on carved in a commemorative stone.

In December 1992, the UN General Assembly designated 17th October as the official date to observe International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

In December 1995, the UN proclaimed the first decade (1997-2006) for the eradication of poverty following the Copenhagen Social Summit. In the Millennium Summit, leaders across the globe pledged themselves in eradicating poverty and reducing the number of people living in poverty by the year 2015.

Today, though not a public holiday, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed in all UN member countries.

How Is International Day For The Eradication Of Poverty Celebrated?

On this day, NGOs and community charity organizations support the day by organizing concerts and signing petitions that call for leaders and governments to hasten measures of the fight against poverty. If there is such an event in your neighborhood, honor the day by attending it. If there are no concerts in your area, relax at home and watch a film or documentary related to poverty. Some good films include. Living on One Dollar (2013), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Give Us The Money. (2012) or The Big Short (2015).

As an individual, go through your possessions at home. Then, donate anything that you no longer use to a local charity organization. It could be toys, books, old clothing, household items, and even sports equipment.

This is also the day to reflect on your life. Appreciate everything that you possibly take for granted. From daily food, water, education, clothing, shelter as well as social and sports activities. Remember, half of the world’s population lives on less than $2.50 a day. Share your thoughts about poverty via social media forums using the hashtag #endpoverty.

You could also volunteer at a homeless shelter or related homes. Help in cleaning, playing with the kids, and submitting your donations to them.

Schools help students observe this day by conducting eradication of poverty essay competitions. The essays often address the causes of poverty and the ways in which the government and its citizens can help eradicate the same.

Global Poverty Facts and Statistics

- About one billion children live in poverty of which 22,000 die each day as a result of extreme poverty conditions.

- In 2011, 165 million children experienced stunted growth due to chronic malnutrition.

- Approximately 805 million people have insufficient food to eat.

- More than $1.3 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day.

- Two million children succumb to preventable diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea because they are too poor to afford proper treatment.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Observances

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SaturdaySatJan 11, 2020Jan 11International Thank-You Day
ThursdayThuJan 30, 2020Jan 30World Leprosy Day
WednesdayWedFeb 12, 2020Feb 12Darwin Day
FridayFriFeb 21, 2020Feb 21International Mother Language Day
SaturdaySatFeb 22, 2020Feb 22World Thinking Day
SundaySunMar 01, 2020Mar 01International Day of the Seal
SundaySunMar 08, 2020Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 20, 2020Mar 20World Frog Day
SaturdaySatMar 21, 2020Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
SundaySunMar 22, 2020Mar 22World Water Day
MondayMonMar 23, 2020Mar 23World Meteorological Day
TuesdayTueMar 24, 2020Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 28, 2020Mar 28Earth Hour
ThursdayThuApr 02, 2020Apr 02International Children's Book Day
TuesdayTueApr 07, 2020Apr 07World Health Day
SundaySunApr 12, 2020Apr 12Yuri's Night
ThursdayThuApr 16, 2020Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
TuesdayTueApr 21, 2020Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
WednesdayWedApr 22, 2020Apr 22Earth Day
ThursdayThuApr 23, 2020Apr 23World Book Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Penguin Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Malaria Day
SundaySunMay 03, 2020May 03World Press Freedom Day
TuesdayTueMay 05, 2020May 05International Midwives Day
FridayFriMay 08, 2020May 08World Red Cross Day
SundaySunMay 10, 2020May 10World Lupus Day
TuesdayTueMay 12, 2020May 12International Nurses Day
WednesdayWedMay 13, 2020May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
FridayFriMay 15, 2020May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 18, 2020May 18International Museum Day
ThursdayThuMay 21, 2020May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
FridayFriMay 22, 2020May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 23, 2020May 23World Turtle Day
SundaySunMay 24, 2020May 24World Schizophrenia Day
MondayMonMay 25, 2020May 25Towel Day
SundaySunMay 31, 2020May 31World No-Tobacco Day
WednesdayWedJun 03, 2020Jun 03World Bicycle Day
FridayFriJun 05, 2020Jun 05World Environment Day
MondayMonJun 08, 2020Jun 08World Ocean Day
SundaySunJun 14, 2020Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
TuesdayTueJun 16, 2020Jun 16International Day of the African Child
WednesdayWedJun 17, 2020Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SaturdaySatJun 20, 2020Jun 20World Refugee Day
SundaySunJun 21, 2020Jun 21International Yoga Day
FridayFriJun 26, 2020Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
SaturdaySatJul 11, 2020Jul 11World Population Day
ThursdayThuJul 16, 2020Jul 16World Snake Day
TuesdayTueJul 28, 2020Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
ThursdayThuJul 30, 2020Jul 30International Friendship Day
SaturdaySatAug 08, 2020Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
SundaySunAug 09, 2020Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
MondayMonAug 10, 2020Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
WednesdayWedAug 12, 2020Aug 12International Youth Day
ThursdayThuAug 13, 2020Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
FridayFriAug 14, 2020Aug 14World Lizard Day
SundaySunAug 23, 2020Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
TuesdayTueSep 08, 2020Sep 08International Literacy Day
SundaySunSep 13, 2020Sep 13International Chocolate Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15Software Freedom Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15International Day of Democracy
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SaturdaySatSep 19, 2020Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
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ThursdayThuOct 01, 2020Oct 01International Music Day
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SaturdaySatOct 03, 2020Oct 03World Temperance Day
SundaySunOct 04, 2020Oct 04World Animal Day
MondayMonOct 05, 2020Oct 05World Teacher's Day
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SaturdaySatNov 14, 2020Nov 14World Diabetes Day
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ThursdayThuNov 19, 2020Nov 19World Toilet Day
SaturdaySatNov 21, 2020Nov 21World Television Day
WednesdayWedNov 25, 2020Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
MondayMonNov 30, 2020Nov 30International Computer Security Day
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WednesdayWedDec 02, 2020Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
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