A Call to Action
World Poverty Day, formally known as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, is held annually on October 17. It is an international day to raise awareness about the need to end global poverty in all its forms everywhere.
World Poverty Day was first observed on October 17, 1987, as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty. Five years later the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared poverty a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to deliberately work toward respecting the rights of the poor and reducing poverty rates worldwide.
"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." — Father Joseph Wresinski
World Poverty Day aims to promote dialogue and understanding among people below the poverty line, the communities they live in and in the world community at large. It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the struggles of poor people and gives them a platform and audience to have their issues, needs and concerns heard.
Extreme Poverty and the Global Food Crisis
Effects of the coronavirus pandemic, severe weather and the Russia-Ukraine war are threatening our world with a global food crisis, and we're now facing the most severe food shortage we've seen since World War II. These circumstances make it difficult or impossible to purchase food, and as the circumstances persist, many more communities and people will experience shortages in their food supply. The poor are hardest hit when access to food dries up, and when food is available, the costs are rising — heightening the struggle.
The crisis is reversing decades of progress made in the fight against destitution in low- and middle-income countries* around the world. We’re already seeing signs of shortages among the families we serve, and it will only get worse.
Malnutrition, starvation and chronic health issues are a serious and potentially life-threatening reality for children living in poverty, and food security has become a more severe risk for the poor.