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17th October - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Stephanie Guha, October 2019

October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognises "that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development" and the SDG 1 asks for nothing less than to "end poverty in all its forms everywhere."

In adopting the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the international community pledged to leave no one behind, to see to it that the Goals and targets are met for all nations and peoples and for all segments of society, and to endeavour to reach those first who are furthest behind.

On the occasion of the nternational Day for the Eradication of Poverty and due to the awarding of the Nobel prize to the researchers Banerjee, Duflo and Kremer for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty, media and social media coverage on the poverty topic has been very high. The Swiss Radio and TV station SRF has compiled a dossier with articles and interviews. Furthermore, you can watch a short TV interview with Esther Duflo and Abhijiit Banerjee in the TV programme 'Sternstunde Philosophie.'


For more information, visit the following websites:

> SRF media dossier on the eradication of poverty

> United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2019

> Sustainable Development Goal 1: No Poverty 

> World Poverty Clock

> SDC's Shareweb on Poverty-Wellbeing and its dedicated page on Leave No One Behind