International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

United Nations has designated this day, October 17, to promote the awareness of the need to eradicate poverty.

Did you know that of the world’s population

  • about 1.4 billion – 20% – lives in extreme poverty, with less than 1.25 dollar per day.
  • in the least developed countries, 30 percent of all children are engaged in child labor.
  • almost 800 million do not have clean drinking water.
  • by 2015 there will be 2.7 billion people without access to basic sanitation.
  • income equality is just a dream: the richest 1%  earn as much as the poorest 57%.
Beijiong, China 2002

Beijiong, China 2002

Do we just simply refuse to see this?

Prague, Czech Republic 2010

Prague, Czech Republic 2010

Get Involved!

  • Join the global conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #EndPoverty. Share photos and stories of what you and your community are doing to help end poverty.
  • Check Global Engage, you might find your way to act.
  • Check also the Global Poverty Project, it tells “What can everyday people do to create change”.

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2 Responses to International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

  1. rigbyte says:

    In 2013, Oxfam reported that the fortunes made by the richest 100 people in the world over the course of 2012 (USD 240 billion) would have been enough to lift the world’s poorest people out of poverty four times over. An Oxfam executive, Barbara Stocking, noted that this type of extreme wealth – which saw the world’s richest 1% increase their income by 60% in the previous twenty years – is “economically inefficient, politically corrosive, socially divisive and environmentally destructive […] We can no longer pretend that the creation of wealth for few will inevitably benefit the many – too often the reverse is true.” A study by the Tax Justice Network in 2012 found that the world’s superrich had hidden between USD 21 and 32 trillion in offshore tax havens, meaning that inequality was “much, much worse than official statistic show,” and that “for three decades extraordinary wealth has been cascading into the offshore accounts of a tiny number of superrich,” with the top 92,000 of the world’s superrich holding at least USD 10 trillion in offshore accounts.
    This is the financial system that all G20 countries endorse, and all other countries want to join.
    Not much anyone can do when the rich and powerful like it this way.

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