United Nations

The United Nations International Relations team, with offices in New York City and Geneva, strives for greater participation of people living in poverty in the work of the United Nations. Our team advocates for increased recognition of people in poverty as agents of change and producers of meaningful knowledge. By collaborating with UN Agencies, working directly with member states, and partnering with civil society organizations, the UN team influences the development of policies, programs, and agendas that affect communities living in poverty around the world. Our policy priorities, shaped by the UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights are:

  • poverty eradication;
  • effective social protection;
  • provision of employment and decent work;
  • universal good governance; and
  • participatory monitoring and accountability.

To this end, the New York UN team engages in a range of interventions including writing and disseminating position papers, speaking on panels, serving as discussion moderators, and hosting informal dialogues. These efforts focus on constructive networking and collaboration toward a more just and dignified future for all.

Each year, ATD Fourth World hosts the official commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17.

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