Message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2010
Ten years ago, world leaders adopted the eight Millennium Development Goals, including a pledge to halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty. Despite significant advances, the world is not on track to achieve the goals by their 2015 target date. Gathered in September 2010 at the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals, leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the goals and agreed on a roadmap to accelerate progress.
Yet today, as we mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, some 1 billion people worldwide – a majority of them women and children – live in conditions of extreme deprivation, representing a denial of their dignity and rights.
This year’s theme, “From Poverty to Decent Work: Bridging the Gap”, underlines that combating poverty is linked to the satisfaction of basic social needs, including education, health, food, sanitation, shelter and clothing, as well as the provision of sufficient work opportunities. The fight against poverty must go hand in hand with efforts to guarantee the enjoyment of all fundamental human rights.
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