October 17 - World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty

In December 1995, the General Assembly proclaimed the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006). In December 1996, the General Assembly declared the theme for the Decade as a whole to be "Eradicating poverty is an ethical, social, political and economic imperative of humankind." The theme for the International Day for Poverty Eradication 2005 is "Achieving the Millennium Development Goals - empowering the poorest of the poor." The UN's website has information, logos, posters and downloadable pamphlets, the Make Poverty History website and the October 17, 2005 website for events planned worldwide. Download the National Anti-Poverty Organization's (NAPO) 6 page 'October 17 Kit' (in PDF) (Link removed - No longer exists) for background information and objectives for the day as well as some suggestions on activities.