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

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Mercoledì 17 ottobre 2018 – Giornata mondiale per l’eradicazione della povertà


Oggi, mercoledì 17 ottobre, si celebra la ventiseiesima edizione della Giornata mondiale per l’eradicazione della povertà.
La celebrazione nasce dall’iniziativa di Padre Joseph Wresinski, sacerdote francese di origini polacche che ha dedicato il suo sacerdozio alla lotta contro la povertà dando vita, nel 1957, all’attuale
Movimento internazionale ATD Quarto Mondo.
Il 17 ottobre 1987 Padre Wresinski, già affermatosi a livello internazionale come punto di riferimento nelle iniziative di contrasto alla povertà, inaugurò, sul Sagrato delle libertà e dei Diritti dell’Uomo di Parigi, una lapide in memoria delle vittime della miseria sulla quale furono incisi i passi più significativi del suo appello all’azione: “
Laddove gli uomini sono condannati a vivere nella miseria, i diritti dell’uomo sono violati. unirsi per farli rispettare e’ un dovere sacro”.
Cinque anni dopo l’appello di Wresinski, con la risoluzione 47/196 del 22 dicembre 1992, le Nazioni Unite hanno proclamato ufficialmente il 17 ottobre “Giornata Internazionale per l’eradicazione della povertà”.
L’edizione del 2018 è dedicata al tema “
Unirsi con chi è rimasto più indietro per costruire un mondo di inclusione e rispetto universale per la dignità e i diritti umani” (“Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity”), che mira a ricordarci l’importanza di coinvolgere direttamente le persone che versano in condizioni di povertà nella definizione delle politiche per l’eradicazione dell’indigenza, come ribadito nelle strategie elaborate dalle Nazioni Unite per la “Terza decade ONU per l’eradicazione della povertà (2018-2027)”. Inoltre, nell’anno in cui si celebra il settantesimo anniversario della proclamazione  della Dichiarazione universale dei diritti umani, ci offre l’occasione per evidenziare lo stretto legame esistente tra le condizioni di estrema povertà in cui troppe persone versano, tuttora, nel Mondo, e le violazioni dei diritti umani che queste quotidianamente subiscono.


Salpiiga - Mercoledì 19 Dicembre 2018 - Upper East Region, Ghana

Resoconto dell' evento.

Mr. Chairman, Our revered Traditional Rulers present, Hon Assembly men and women present, Elders of the communities, Circuit Supervisors present,Women’s group representatives, Youth group leaders present, School children Present Men and Women, Children and Youth groups present, Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: It is gratifying to be offered this opportunity to host and deliver a speech on such an important occasion in the milestone of the Salpiiga Community and Bawku West District in particular.

Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen our gathering today forms a foundation to provoke interest for future planning and development in Salpiiga and her environs in the Bawku West District.

This year’s Theme: “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity” marks the 70th Anniversary of the declaration of human rights.

Ladies and Gentlemen, fighting poverty in Ghana and the Salpiiga community to be specific calls for a gathering of this nature to make analysis of the real situation on the ground to allow partners to offer technical advice and expertise with the local people themselves taking the lead to showing the way.

With a strong fight against many forces still ahead of this nation, Africa must weed out the corruption and poor government, and promote strong education and efficient healthcare for all, in order to take a big leap forward in its development as a continent.Kailey Brennan

If we want to change and create a better future and hope for the next generation, then we have to consider the following poverty eradication strategies;

  • Make education compulsory in the rural communities and allow the community members to monitor it.

  • Join hands in the fight against corruption from the grassroots

  • Empower the rural people through skills development

  • Respect for human rights

  • Have a revival of interest by changing our mentalities about life

  • Promote unity and solidarity among community members to support a peaceful environment

  • Promote agricultural development to create jobs and livelihoods for farmers and the landless.

Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that generation. Let your greatness bloom” - Nelson Mandela

  • We hope to collaborate in working with the local people in the near future in Ghana to commence strategies that will inform local people how to fight their own poverty.
  • The organization will project a future where the children will access education to grow and fight poverty at their time. Education and knowledge is one pillar of hope to lean on. The Salpiiga school which was built in 1999 as a shepherd school will be 20 years in 2019 and calls for the community to participate in the renovation of the school and if feasible to add more infrastructure for the youth and children to excel education.

  • The roadmap starts with the local people who by yourselves will show the way and monitor the process to include an all together project built on transparency and accountability.

  • We encourage you to prioritize your own initiatives to combat poverty while we explore elsewhere for opportunities to fund self help projects in the Salpiiga community and her environs.

  • As a people we encourage you to hold your duty bearers accountable for the use of resources meant for development. Ask to be informed on the disbursement of the MPs Common Fund, District Assembly Common Fund and add your voices to work with the units of the assembly to develop the community.

  • Organise meetings with your Assemblyman to take your issues and present them to the Assembly. Do not forget to add timelines. Make follow ups and continue to lobby.

  • Report human rights abuses to CHRAJ, Domestic violence unit and other appropriate quarters’ for action.

  • Never sleep and allow poverty to weaken your future children and the next generation, wake up and cry for help but know what you need.

    In conclusion, we want to thank you all for making time to celebrate this important occasion in the history of human rights and the fight against poverty. May this gathering provoke a foot for thought in livelihoods approaches beneficial to the local people of Salpiiga and her environs. We are one people with a common destiny. Work together and create a human rights based development for the local people and keep asking potential donors when they are coming in to contribute in the development of the community and wait for them to answer.

  • Attached here under is the whole report.

Descrizione dell' evento

In collaboration with Hope for All Children Development, an NGO working for the rights of children to education in Ghana, a commemoration of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty will be held on October 17 in Salpiiga, in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region.

The event will involve the staging of a play/drama by school children, personal testimonies from people resisting poverty, addresses by local dignitaries, and a discussion to identify priority future actions. Hope for All Children Development had first become involved with people from poor communities in Salpiiga in 1999 when, with its partner organisation, Raleigh International, it built a school, and is now seeking to raise resources for its renovation.

Hope for All Children Development campaigns for the right of children to education, provides educational materials for less privileged children to attend school, organises after-schools programmes, and provides education to women on children’s rights, child labour and family planning.

For different reasons, the commemoration will take place in December, and not October.


New York - Mercoledì 17 Ottobre 2018 - Video: Commemoration at the United Nations Headquarters

Resoconto dell' evento.

Video of the song "Be the Change", and Statement by UN Secretary General Mr António Guterres.


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Descrizione dell' evento

At the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the ceremony will begin at 12:30 pm in the UN Visitors' Lobby.

Dance and music
Message from the UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres
Messages from people living in poverty
Statements by Ambassadors

At 2:45pm, the commemoration will continue with a moment of reflection and solidarity around the Commemorative Stone in Honor of Victims of Extreme Poverty, located on the North Lawn of the UN Gardens.

At 4:30 pm, please join us at the Fourth World House for a reception and to share your thoughts and impressions of the day.



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New York - Mercoledì 17 Ottobre 2018 - Video: Commemorative Stone, North Lawn, United Nations Headquarters


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Asaba - Mercoledì 17 Ottobre 2018 - WoFI Roundtable and Skills Training, October 17, Nigeria

Resoconto dell' evento.

Descrizione dell' evento

Lifting 50 women headed households above poverty is the focus of an initiative by Working Fingers International (WoFI) as it commemorates this year’s October 17 World Day. This will be done through a skills training exercise for women and girls, and through organising a roundtable, bringing influencers and leaders together with women, girls, persons living with HIV/AIDs and persons living with disabilities, to dscuss ending poverty.

WoFI is a visionary and innovative grassroots NGO promoting the development of women and youth in Nigeria.