International Committee for UN Day for Eradication of Poverty starts today in Dublin

The International Committee for October 17 will meet in Dublin from the 12th to 14th May 2014.

This will be the Committee’s fifth meeting to promote and support the observance of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, observed on October 17th each year, recognized as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by the United Nations.

Donald Lee, President of the International Committee, noted that “the people of Ireland have demonstrated their unwavering commitment to the spirit and objectives of October 17 by inaugurating in Dublin, close to the Famine Memorial at Custom House Quay, a replica of the original October 17 Human Rights and Extreme Poverty Stone in Paris.”

The Stone was unveiled in 2008 by public officials and citizens from all walks of Irish society, and bears the declaration made by Joseph Wresinski on 17 October 1987 that: “Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”

In Dublin, the International Committee will announce the theme for the next UN Day which is: “Leave no one behind: Think, decide and act together against extreme poverty”

A public event will take place Wednesday 14 May 10.30am at the Sheriff Youth Club in Dublin north inner city, finishing with a rally at the Commemorative Stone, Custom House Quay (1pm).

Members of the International Committee will be guest speakers at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Designate and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission conference A Human Rights Approach to Tackling Poverty and Social Inequality – An All Island Perspective – Venue: Canal Court Hotel, Newry, Northern Ireland – 9.30am to 4pm

A support messages’ campaign via twitter invites to tweet: Alone you go faster, together we go further. On October 17th, let’s join the fight to #endpoverty! @icoct17 #NVW14


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