Why Anti-Poverty Day 2020 is Celebrated?

  • UN dedicated 17th October annually as International day for poverty eradication or Anti-Poverty Day in its resolution 47/196 on 22 December 1992.
  • On the very day in 1987 hundred thousand people gathered in Paris with the statement that poverty is a violation of human rights.
  • Member states signed the Universal Declaration of Human rights in Paris in 1948 in respect of people suffering from extreme poverty.
  • These principles are scripted on a commemorative stone which was unveiled on 17th October, since then many people all over the world with similar belief gather to showcase their support for the poor.
  • The commemorative stone has been copied and replicas have been placed globally for the celebration of the Anti-poverty
  • It is a day to promote and encourage government, organizations, and people to take an initiative to eradicate poverty.
  • More than 1.3 billion are deprived of money, nutritious food, shelter, medical care, illiteracy, which all represent poverty.
  • Eradicating poverty is a major need to have a sustained world, hence poverty eradication by 2030 is the number one priority of UN Sustainable development Goal.
  • UN has also launched “Accelerating global actions for a world without poverty” in its 72nd general assembly to eradicate poverty (2018-2027)
  • The most important part of the anti-poverty day celebration is participation poor people and let the world hear their problems, they are main fighters of poverty.

International Day for Poverty Eradication Theme

  • To intensify each year celebration UN devotes an International Day for Poverty Eradication theme or a call for the action.
  • 2020 Theme: Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all
  • The theme addresses the challenge of achieving social and environmental justice for all.

Year Theme
2010 From Poverty to Decent Work: bridging the gap
2011 From Poverty to Sustainability: People at the Centre of Inclusive Development
2012 Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty: Promoting Empowerment and Building Peace
2013 Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty
2014 Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty
2015 Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination
2016 Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms
2017 Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies
2018 Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity

Poverty in India

  • Over 10 years 271 million people have escaped poverty from India, India came down to 2nd potion from being the home for most poverty population.
  • The poverty rate is dropping rapidly in India, and if this continues consistently India might able to eradicate poverty by 2030.  
  • Many fund-raising programs, government events, food distribution, awareness camps and more international day for poverty eradication activities are organized to support the eradication of poverty.

“For sustainable development eradicating poverty is essential” Himalai IAS coaching supports on this International day for Eradicating Poverty 2020 as a part of our India with world events.