The International Movement ATD Fourth World strives for the voice of the poorest citizens to be heard at the heart of international institutions, in order that the viewpoint and aspirations of those living in extreme poverty be taken on board.
The International Movement ATD Fourth World has general consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), UNICEF, UNESCO and the ILO. This gives greater weight to its work in the human rights field and other essential issues in the fight against extreme poverty.
It also has participative status at the Council of Europe and maintains a permanent delegation to the European Union.
[The Following is the text of a speech given by ATD Fourth World member Jose Nunez before the United Nations Civil Society Forum]
Good morning. My name is Jose Nunez. I was born and raised in Corona, Queens. When I was growing up, my parents were always giving me encouragement. They always taught me to never give up. They taught me to always keep pushing and to see things through. They taught me that you could have all the money in the world, but at the end of the day when none of that is around, and it’s just you, how are you going to carry yourself?