International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – 17 October
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty of the United Nations (UN) is celebrated every year since 1993 on October 17. It promotes the consciousness of people around the world about the need to eradicate poverty and destitution, especially in developing countries.
The Postal Administration of the United Nations has previously issued six commemorative stamps and a souvenir card on “We must end poverty.” Such stamps and the souvenir card included drawings or paintings of people working together in the fight against poverty, especially children. Many of these pictures used vibrant colours and contrasts. These stamps emerged from an art competition where over 12,000 children from 124 countries chose six designs.
Poverty is something like a demon. It is the primary source of all the evils. Poverty-stricken land for its greedy neighbours is easy prey. Poverty has brought about a political revolution, spiritual degeneration, and discoveries of financial gains. A nation of hungry and starving million cannot stand as one for long political freedom is nothing to the common man. He wants economic freedom. He requires the freedom of the economy. As long as his belly is empty, the common man cannot understand or respect political freedom
What Do People Do?
Different NGOs and public organisations are endorsing the Poverty Eradication Day by explicitly calling on country leaders and governments to make the fight against poverty, a central part of foreign policy. Such actions could include signing petitions for “Call to Action,” hosting concerts and cultural events, and holding interfaith meetings that could include a moment of silence.
The International Day for Poverty Eradication can be traced back to 17 October 1987. To honour the victims of extreme poverty, terrorism and hunger, more than 100,000 people gathered in Paris, France, on that day. Since then, the 17th of October has been celebrated by individuals and organizations around the world as a day to renew their commitment of working together to eradicate poverty. In December 1992, the UN General Assembly officially declared October 17 as the date for the International Day for Poverty Eradication (Resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992).
In December 1995, following the Copenhagen Social Conference, the UN General Assembly declared the First United Nations Decade for Poverty Eradication (1997–2006). At the Millennium Summit in 2000, world leaders committed themselves to cut the number by half of the people living in extreme poverty by the year 2015.
How can we remove poverty?
It is difficult to wash away the gap between the rich and the poor. We could slowly narrow it down. This requires not only well-driven actions but strong and genuine collaboration between the rich and the poor. The wealthy must be ready to sacrifice some of their luxuries & comforts, while the poor must to work hard to make their lives a lot better.
Russia and China’s success in this region is equally amazing and inspiring. Russia and China are predominantly farming countries such as India. The two nations were industrially backward. But these countries developed great economic strength and accomplished their goals in a short period of two decades. They did this with one will and single-minded determination of their leaders. We have shown that if people are not allowed to spend their time and energy in petty quarrels, protests, and lawsuits in the name of democracy and independence, the country will be benefitted.
In the Second World War, Germany, Japan, and Italy suffered the worst. France and Britain suffered to a great extent too, but they won the war at least. All these countries set out to improve themselves with determination. They couldn’t pressurize their people to do anything because they were democratic countries. Yet their people’s spirit and their Govt’s adopted program made the attempt a remarkable success. Such countries did not have a strong loss industry in the public sector. In these states, there was no workplace indiscipline. In these nations, there was no government to intervene with and undermine the plan. Just dedication and hard work have been accomplished.
We should eradicate illiteracy by giving proper education to our people. The Govt should create the right atmosphere for industrial expansion and growth. This will create opportunities for employment. When we solve the problem of unemployment, we will be able to remove poverty also. Rural areas accommodate more unskilled labour. Thus, our villages must-be developed and made comfortable enough for the upcoming technologies.
In our country, leaders give promises to make headlines in newspapers. We should realize that the problem is acute. We should tackle it with vigour and imagination. Our outdated policies and confused ideas are not of any use. We should re-orient our policies and pave the way for greatest production and more employment.
“Poverty is not being without MONEY, but being without HOPE”
The major reason for poverty is Unemployment. Employment requires proper educational qualification. In order to decrease poverty, awareness must be created among individuals about the advantages of education. The more the literacy rate less will be poverty. Let’s come together and create this hope in the individuals that will help in eradicating Poverty.
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