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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

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2021

FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01Global Family Day
MondayMonJan 04, 2021Jan 04World Braille Day
MondayMonJan 11, 2021Jan 11International Thank-You Day
SaturdaySatJan 30, 2021Jan 30World Leprosy Day
FridayFriFeb 12, 2021Feb 12Darwin Day
SundaySunFeb 21, 2021Feb 21International Mother Language Day
MondayMonFeb 22, 2021Feb 22World Thinking Day
MondayMonMar 01, 2021Mar 01International Day of the Seal
MondayMonMar 08, 2021Mar 08International Women's Day
SaturdaySatMar 20, 2021Mar 20World Frog Day
SundaySunMar 21, 2021Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
MondayMonMar 22, 2021Mar 22World Water Day
TuesdayTueMar 23, 2021Mar 23World Meteorological Day
WednesdayWedMar 24, 2021Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 27, 2021Mar 27Earth Hour
FridayFriApr 02, 2021Apr 02International Children's Book Day
WednesdayWedApr 07, 2021Apr 07World Health Day
MondayMonApr 12, 2021Apr 12Yuri's Night
FridayFriApr 16, 2021Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
WednesdayWedApr 21, 2021Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
ThursdayThuApr 22, 2021Apr 22Earth Day
FridayFriApr 23, 2021Apr 23World Book Day
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25World Malaria Day
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25World Penguin Day
MondayMonMay 03, 2021May 03World Press Freedom Day
WednesdayWedMay 05, 2021May 05International Midwives Day
SaturdaySatMay 08, 2021May 08World Red Cross Day
MondayMonMay 10, 2021May 10World Lupus Day
WednesdayWedMay 12, 2021May 12International Nurses Day
ThursdayThuMay 13, 2021May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
SaturdaySatMay 15, 2021May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 17, 2021May 17World Hypertension Day
TuesdayTueMay 18, 2021May 18International Museum Day
FridayFriMay 21, 2021May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 22, 2021May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SundaySunMay 23, 2021May 23World Turtle Day
MondayMonMay 24, 2021May 24World Schizophrenia Day
TuesdayTueMay 25, 2021May 25Towel Day
MondayMonMay 31, 2021May 31World No-Tobacco Day
TuesdayTueJun 01, 2021Jun 01World Milk Day
ThursdayThuJun 03, 2021Jun 03World Bicycle Day
SaturdaySatJun 05, 2021Jun 05World Environment Day
TuesdayTueJun 08, 2021Jun 08World Ocean Day
MondayMonJun 14, 2021Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
WednesdayWedJun 16, 2021Jun 16International Day of the African Child
ThursdayThuJun 17, 2021Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SundaySunJun 20, 2021Jun 20World Refugee Day
MondayMonJun 21, 2021Jun 21International Yoga Day
SaturdaySatJun 26, 2021Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
SundaySunJul 11, 2021Jul 11World Population Day
FridayFriJul 16, 2021Jul 16World Snake Day
WednesdayWedJul 28, 2021Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 01, 2021Aug 01International Friendship Day
SundaySunAug 08, 2021Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
MondayMonAug 09, 2021Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
TuesdayTueAug 10, 2021Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
ThursdayThuAug 12, 2021Aug 12International Youth Day
FridayFriAug 13, 2021Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
SaturdaySatAug 14, 2021Aug 14World Lizard Day
MondayMonAug 23, 2021Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
WednesdayWedSep 08, 2021Sep 08International Literacy Day
MondayMonSep 13, 2021Sep 13International Chocolate Day
WednesdayWedSep 15, 2021Sep 15International Day of Democracy
WednesdayWedSep 15, 2021Sep 15Software Freedom Day
ThursdayThuSep 16, 2021Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
SundaySunSep 19, 2021Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
TuesdayTueSep 21, 2021Sep 21World Gratitude Day
WednesdayWedSep 22, 2021Sep 22World Car-Free Day
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29World Heart Day
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29Inventors Day
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01World Ballet Day
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01International Music Day
SaturdaySatOct 02, 2021Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
SundaySunOct 03, 2021Oct 03World Temperance Day
MondayMonOct 04, 2021Oct 04World Animal Day
TuesdayTueOct 05, 2021Oct 05World Teacher's Day
SundaySunOct 10, 2021Oct 10World Mental Health Day
SaturdaySatOct 16, 2021Oct 16World Food Day
SundaySunOct 17, 2021Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
SundaySunOct 24, 2021Oct 24United Nations Day
FridayFriOct 29, 2021Oct 29International Internet Day
MondayMonNov 08, 2021Nov 08World Town Planning Day
SundaySunNov 14, 2021Nov 14World Diabetes Day
TuesdayTueNov 16, 2021Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19World Toilet Day
SundaySunNov 21, 2021Nov 21World Television Day
ThursdayThuNov 25, 2021Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
TuesdayTueNov 30, 2021Nov 30International Computer Security Day
WednesdayWedDec 01, 2021Dec 01World Aids Day
ThursdayThuDec 02, 2021Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
SundaySunDec 05, 2021Dec 05International Volunteers Day
TuesdayTueDec 07, 2021Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
FridayFriDec 10, 2021Dec 10Human Rights Day