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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Poverty, International Day and Ways to Eradicate it

Introduction: - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed every year on October 17 to raise people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty worldwide.



The 2018 theme was – Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity. 
Year 2018 marks 25th anniversary of institution of this day, through declaration by UN general Assembly (UNGA) in its resolution 47/196 in December 1992. This year also marks the 30th anniversary to call to action by father Joseph Wresinski who inspired observance of October 17 as world day for overcoming extreme poverty and recognition of day by UN as international day for Eradication of poverty. This year also marks 70th anniversary of proclamation of the universal declaration of human rights.
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Some of the regions of the world have been facing ‘chronic’ poverty, while violent conflicts and political instability have improvised a few other regions over last decades. 23.3 % of people or 1.3 billion from 105 countries have been notified as poor according to the findings of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index. 
India is no longer considered as a poor country as per the World Bank’s reclassification of poverty lines. Delhi, Goa and Kerala are the Indian states that have the lowest incidence of multidimensional poverty. 


Sustainable development goal to eradicate poverty from the world has the
Goal no – 1 - no poverty -that means to Eradicating poverty in all its forms. It remains one of the greatest challenges faced by the humanity. The SDGs are a bold commitment to finish what has started, end poverty in all and dimensions by 2030. This involves targeting the most vulnerable, increasing access to basic resources and services, and supporting communities affected by conflicts and climate-related disasters. 
 While the number of people living in extreme poverty dropped in large numbers. Several regions and nations have made commendable progress in alleviating poverty since after the UN set its sustainable Development Goals, though much more to cover.