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One Month Left Before the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty

Each year since 1987, October 17 has been a day when people all over the world join together to call for an end to poverty. On October 17, people come forward to speak about how they resist the violence of poverty in their own lives and work to ensure that no one is left behind. On October 17, the exclusion and violence of poverty are put aside to focus on what a better world could look like.

This year, in addition to countless events around the world, there will be an online October 17 commemoration that will span the globe, reaching every continent and every time zone. We hope you will make plans to join us.

On the Stop Poverty website we will have 24 hours of web-tv, including live streaming from six countries to allow everyone to follow these events.

No matter where you live, you can join us in Manila at the Rizal Park as people living in poverty in the North Cemetery there speak alongside national politicians at the memorial commemorating victims of extreme poverty.

In Dublin, we will visit the 17 October commemorative site at the Great Irish Famine Memorial, and listen to songs of dignity and struggle. Seventeen boats created by school children will be launched in the River Liffey, symbolizing the ships that brought survivors of the great Irish famine from their home to far distant lands.

In Dakar, we will take a front row seat as young people speak out on the way environmental changes have impacted people’s lives – from fishermen who can no longer find fish, to farmers who have lost their land.

At the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris we visit the birthplace of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty where, in 1987, 100,000 people from all walks of life demonstrated to demand an end to poverty world wide.

The official United Nations celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will take place next, with an international delegation of people living in poverty coming to the UN headquarters in New York to speak about their lives and how the international community can, and must, support their struggle to overcome poverty.

To close the day, in Guatemala City the final live commemoration will convene young people living in poverty from across the country to speak out about the violence they face, and to demonstrate their commitment to peace and overcoming poverty.

With each live event followed by exciting new programming, including interviews, video messages, and new documentaries, the day promises to be memorable.

So please, mark your calendars and invite your friends, your family, your colleagues, and your community to come together to call for real change, to call for a world without poverty, a world where no one is left behind.



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