Saturday, October 17, marks International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The observance goes back to October 17, 1987, when over 100,000 people met in Paris to bring to light victims of extreme poverty, violence, and hunger. The UN General Assembly in December, 1992, officially recognized the date by approving Resolution 47/196, which called for raising awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide.
More recently, the General Assembly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the first of which is “to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.” The target date is 2030. This Saturday, persons living in poverty will offer keynote speeches at the UN, along with Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Let’s remember those living in poverty this Saturday through prayer and commitment to engage in at least one activity which addresses poverty. For more information, google “International Day for the Eradication of Poverty” or “UN Sustainable Development Goals”.
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