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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, What are YOU doing?

Last updated 3 years ago by Jon Wilkins

17 October in Utrecht will see the culmination of a series of events that will lead to a commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The United Nations in New York is leading the way with their dedication that:

 “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity”.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is important to recall the fundamental connection between extreme poverty and human rights, and that people living in poverty are disproportionately affected by many human rights violations.

The Poverty Coalition in Utrecht will start proceedings next Wednesday with a week of activities that will last until 17 October in the districts of Kanaleneiland, Zuilen, Ondiep and Overvecht. The final festival which is in Overvecht, will see many things being given away.

In the districts, a walk has been organized, which leads past organizations and institutions where help and support, stuff and food are offered.

In those same neighbourhoods there will be a dinner where tips and tricks will be exchanged to help people to cope with financial setbacks. People can also talk to each other about their situation during a later meeting.

Finally, on 17 October, the celebration of International Poverty Day will be discussed. On that day, the programme will be in and around the ZIMIHC theatre Stefanus  and will have children and youth activities, an information market, the premiere of the theatre production  of ‘Tikkie’ by Jong STUT and a performance by Neco Novellas.

As the United Nations tell us, Government policies alone cannot create the social inclusion that is fundamental to reaching those left furthest behind and overcoming poverty in all its dimensions. The commemoration of October 17 each year, when people living in poverty take the floor and share their experiences, demonstrates how we can achieve greater social inclusion by enabling people from all walks of life to come together to respect the human rights and dignity of people living in poverty.  The persistence of poverty, including extreme poverty, is a major concern for the United Nations and, at its 72nd session, the General Assembly launched the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2018–2027), under the theme:

“Accelerating global actions for a world without poverty”.

It is important that the Third Decade’s inter-agency, system-wide plan of action to coordinate the poverty eradication efforts of the United Nations system includes an effective partnership with people living with poverty.

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The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can strongly complement such initiatives because it aims to ensure that the active participation of people living in extreme poverty is a driving force in all efforts made to overcome poverty, including in the design and implementation of programmes and policies which affect them.

We all know and recognise that

Only by creating and nurturing a genuine partnership with people living with poverty will it be possible to build an inclusive world where all people can enjoy their full human rights and lead lives with dignity.

What are you doing to help?

How can you help?

why do so many people get left behind by society?

Does the municipality do enough?

Whose responsibility is it?

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Jon Wilkins
Jon Wilkins
Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.


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