The United Nations, in dialogue with the International Committee for the UN End Poverty Day, agreed on the 2018 theme of the UN Day:
Coming together with those furthest behind
to build a world of universal respect
for human rights and dignity.
From January 2018 to April 2018, a brainstorming was held in New York followed by an on-line consultation to develop proposals for the theme for October 17, 2018. The informal working group in New York agreed initially to propose the following themes for consideration and further consultation:
1. Ensuring that human rights are a reality for all: overcoming together the challenges of reaching those furthest behind.
2. Coming together with those furthest behind to build a world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.
These two proposals reflected the fact that 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which will be observed at the UN and around the world. In keeping with the defense of human rights at the core of the October 17 observance it is important for the 2018 IDEP theme to reinforce and highlight the relationship between the Day and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The proposed themes stress the criticality of ensuring that no one is left behind in all efforts to end poverty and to defend the human rights and dignity of people living in poverty. Therefore, the proposed themes stress the need to reach and include those “furthest behind”.
The proposed themes have not included explicitly the issue of refugee and migrants but it is the intention that these concerns will be discussed in the concept note that accompanies the selected theme. Two questions were raised during the consultation process:
- Which one of the two proposals do you feel more comfortable with, expresses the best what’s important for you?
- Do they echo what you experience with the persons you meet and with whom you are committed? If yes, do you have examples or situations that illustrate one or the other proposal?
In Dublin, the day will also be marked by the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of the 17 October Human Rights and Poverty Stone (unveiled on 17 October 2008)