The 20th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The 20th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

In 1992, the General Assembly of the United Nations established the celebration of the “World Day for the Eradication of Poverty” on October 17 of each year.

The aim of the day is to promote awareness of the necessity for the eradication of poverty and misery in all countries, especially in developing countries. In 2000, the 191 member states of the UN signed up to the Millennium Development Goals, promising to commit themselves to the eradication of hunger and poverty, to combat infant mortality and illness, to promote universal education, gender equality, the protection of motherhood and environmental sustainability. They also promised to build a partnership at world level to reach these objectives. The struggle against poverty, inequality and the other objectives must be priorities on the world political agenda. The competence and resources exist in order to put an end to the daily tragedy of 50,000 deaths, but it is necessary that States intervene in an urgent way. In the world, extreme poverty exists side by side with abundance. Of the 6 billion inhabitants of the planet, 2.8 billion have less than 2.6 Euro per day to live on, and 1.2 billion have less that 1.3 Euro per day. But poverty is not just lack of money. Poverty is the unacceptable deprivation of that wellbeing to which the human person has a right. The experience of poverty is not just the lack of material wealth but being deprived of the opportunity to live a tolerable life.

To understand how poverty can be reduced, to understand what contributes to alleviate it or does not, and to understand how it changes in time, it is necessary to define, measure, study and, perhaps, even live poverty. Poverty assumes different faces, faces that change with place and time. The FMA support various initiatives in the five continents, in more than ninety nations, through humanitarian activities, especially through micro-economy initiatives and, in particular, facilitating micro-credit. Central to the overall work for the poor is the education of young people in disadvantaged and marginalised situations, even though they try to create programmes that are suited to different cultural situations. The FMA, and those who work with them for the eradication of poverty, try to act so that poverty may not be identified with low pay or with minimum consumption, but understand that poverty is above all lack of access to an adequate level of education, health resources and food. Salvador Diaz Miròn states: "Let it be known to sovereigns and vassals, eminent persons and beggars, no one has the right to what is superfluous while even one person lacks what is necessary."

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