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Zoom-in on poverty

© Shen Yu
Rubbish collector, Shanghai, China Best photo professional category (bronze), 2011 "Zoom-in on Poverty" competition

In May 2011, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China and the Xinhua news agency launched the “Zoom-in on poverty” global photo contest. The selection of award-winning photos (professional and amateur photographer categories) exhibited on the railings around UNESCO Headquarters is more than a glimpse of poverty in the world seen through the lenses of the prizewinners’ cameras; it is a plea for action against poverty.
“Each photo displayed […] tells a story”, said UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, at the award ceremony in Beijing on 17 October, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty; they “remind us that sustainable human development must always be at the centre of our thinking and actions and that economic growth must be inclusive and give all people the opportunity to participate in the progress that their countries are making”.

There are an estimated 1.44 billion people living in poverty or extreme poverty in the world.
The eradication of poverty is at the heart of the eight Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), adopted in 2000 at the Millennium Summit at United Nations Headquarters:


Type of Event Exhibition
Start 03.02.2012 09:00 local time
End 26.03.2012 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point BPI
Contact 01 45 68 18 66,
Country France
City Paris
Street 125, avenue de Suffren
Room External gates
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Link 1 Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)
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