17 October 2018, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Celebrating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is paying homage to the victims of poverty, at a moment when countries reaffirmed that poverty was a violation of human rights.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the UN General Assembly by which, in its Resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, the day of 17 October was declared the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
The theme chosen by the United Nations to mark this day in 2018 is “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity”.
17 October is not merely an opportunity to emphasize the efforts taken to eradicate poverty, but rather the day when those living in poverty be the first to fight against this situation and make a contribution to its eradication.
Agenda 2030 for sustainable development adopted by the United Nations Organization is a universal framework created for all countries to contribute to the eradication of poverty and it includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
In a world characterized by an unprecedented level of economic development, of technological means and of financial resources, millions of people continue to live their lives in extreme poverty, a fact that causes profound indignation. Poverty is not just an economic issue, it is a multidimensional phenomenon that encircles the absence of incomes and the lack of the necessary resources to live in dignity.
The Fundamental Rights Agency - FRA - monitors poverty amongst children in the European Union in light of the rights of the child, a life lived in poverty leading to serious violations of the rights to a home, to health and to education, while the violation of certain human rights, such as the right not to be subject to discrimination, may lead to as far as social exclusion and poverty. This particularly affects children in vulnerable situations.
FRA will publish a report on poverty amongst children based on analyses and statistical data received from EUROSTAT and FRA EU-MIDIS II.