UN Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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Conference Room 2 - United Nations Headquarters

405 East 42nd Street

New York, NY 10017

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Come and celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters!

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 20 November 1989. This landmark human rights treaty sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities.

It is crucial that children’s participation be recognized as a process and not a one-off event. Too often consultation is mistaken for participation. Whereas the process of consultation gathers children’s views on a particular issue or question, participation means that children actually join in in decision- making.

The commemoration of October 17 each year demonstrates how we can achieve greater participation by enabling people from all walks of life to come together to respect the human rights and dignity of people living in poverty. The participation of children and young people has always been encouraged and supported as an integral part of October 17 observances at the United Nations and around the world. This recognizes the important roles children can play by sharing and applying the valuable knowledge they have acquired from their personal daily struggle to overcome poverty.

Theme

Acting together to empower children, their parents and communities to end poverty

Program of the Day

1.15pm - 2.30pm : Main Ceremony in Conference Room 2, UNHQ

Main Goal: Participation of people living in poverty themselves has been at the center of the Day's celebration since its very beginning. For they are the first ones to fight against poverty, activists with a direct experience of poverty are the main speakers of the Day and come to share their daily effort, struggles and experience relative to their situation. After their testimonies, Ambassadors and UN officials are requested to directly react to what they heard and learned from these life experiences.

• Opening remarks by Mr. António GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General - To be confirmed

• Message by children from NYC schools

• Message by Ms. Elizabeth Madden, activist and mother from Cork, Ireland - in partnership with UNANIMA International

• Message by Mr Hasan Azhary and Mr Ricardo Hutahaean, community leaders from Jakarta, Indonesia - in partnership with the Wadah Foundation

• Message by Tapori children from Madrid, Spain

Musical break (5 min)

• Message by H.E. Mr. Yemdaogo Eric TIARE, Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the UN

• Message by Ms. Anne Gueguen, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the UN

• Concluding remarks by Mr. Omar Abdi, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director

2.45 – 3.15pm: Symbolic gesture at the Commemorative Stone – North Lawn, UN Garden

Main Goals: To honor and show solidarity with the victims of extreme poverty and violence and recognizing that extreme poverty is a violation of human rights. This moment enables to connect at a more personal level and to acknowledge the human aspect of poverty and the importance of coming together as children, citizens and communities committed to leave no one behind.

• Opening remarks by Mr. Donald LEE, President, International Committee for Oct. 17

• Reading the text of the Stone in 6 UN languages by children

• Message from Ms. Najat Maalla M’jid, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children

• Minute of silence followed by the performance of a symbolic gesture

• Message from a Representative of the City of New York – To be confirmed

• Musical moment

Closing by Masters of Ceremony

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Special thanks to all of the dedicated members of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNICEF, the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso to the United Nations, the NGO Committee for Social Development, the International Committee for October 17, the Wadah Foundation and UNANIMA International for their support of the observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Registration is free but compulsory. Please bring ID for security purposes.

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405 East 42nd Street

New York, NY 10017

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