International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is commemorated annually on 17 October and it aims to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries. Its commemoration each year demonstrates how we can achieve greater participation by enabling young people from all walks of life to come together to respect the human rights and dignity of people living in poverty. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have pushed between 143 and 163 million people into poverty in 2021.
In a world characterised by an unprecedented level of economic development, technological means and financial resources, that millions of persons are living in extreme poverty is a moral outrage. Poverty is not solely an economic issue, but rather a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses a lack of both income and the basic capabilities to live in dignity. Persons living in poverty experience many interrelated and mutually reinforcing deprivations that prevent them from realising their rights and perpetuate their poverty, including: dangerous work conditions, unsafe housing, lack of nutritious food, unequal access to justice, lack of political power, and limited access to health care.
The theme for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2021 is “Building forward together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet” and it aims to transform our relationship with nature, dismantle structures of discrimination that disadvantage people in poverty and build on the moral and legal framework of human rights that places human dignity at the heart of policy and action. There is no denying that poverty is a social struggle and affects communities far and wide with impacts on single people and whole cities. With rising awareness in recent decades there are now more steps than ever being taken towards the eradication of poverty and the assistance and inclusion of those struggling with poverty towards being a part of the solution.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), understand the importance of public awareness, and the active participation of young people living in extreme poverty in the decision making processes. The complexity of poverty is now better understood due to increased cultural awareness and sympathy with true connection and motion towards a solution. The participation, knowledge, contributions, and experience of young people living in poverty and those left behind is valued, respected, and reflected in our efforts to build an equitable and sustainable world in which there is social and environmental justice for all. We believe that young people should be engaged in representing the voice of the people who are in need.
We call on youth and other stakeholders from all countries to actively work to support the world most vulnerable and urge them to promote the call to action in order to connect with others who have joined the fight to overcome poverty worldwide.