International Committee for October 17 will meet in Dublin!

In 2008, an International  Committee for October 17 was established to promote the awareness and commemoration of  the UN Day around the world. From 12th to 14th May 2014, this International Committee will gather in Dublin for its biennial working meeting.


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The Committee chose to meet in the Irish capital city because in  ways Ireland has exhibited a strong commitment to the central message of UN Day, namely that poverty can only be truly eradicated when the voices and experiences of people and families most affected by poverty are listened to and taken into account.

  • For a number of years, the Department for Social Protection has  supported the promotion of the UN Day through grants to organisation and community groups (special funding initiative to promote the UN Day),
  • In 2008, public officials and citizens from all walks of life inaugurated a Commemorative Stone close to the Famine Memorial, Custom House Quay, bearing the appeal from 17 October 1987 of Joseph Wresinski, the founder of ATD,
  • An Irish National 17 October Committee is responsible for planning and staging the 17 October Commemoration in Dublin annually in order to highlight the reality of  poverty in people’s lives and the need to seek solutions based on equity and justice.

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The 5th Biennial Meeting of  the International Committee for October 17 is supported by the Department of Social Protection and its Public Awareness Funding to promote awareness of the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.