Agenda: UN Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) has been observed at UN Headquarters since 1993 and around the world since 1987. This year’s commemoration on 17 October will be an occasion to recognize people living in poverty as critical partners for tackling the development challenges we face. The Day’s theme for 2013 is “Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty”.

There will be two key events to commemorate the Day at the UN, and both are open to accredited media.

Official UN Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Thursday, 17 October, 1:15-2:30pm in Conference Room 2 (Conference Building)

Webcast live on UN Web TV

Speakers include: Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; H.E. Mr. Der Kogda, Permanent Representative ofBurkina Fasoto the UN; H.E. Mr. Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative ofFranceto the UN; a representative of ATD Fourth World and a representative of the Constituent Advisory Group at the Center for Social Policy at theUniversityofMassachusetts. There will also be video presentations, a collective art piece and a musical performance by Hip-Hop Saves Lives.

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The World We Want – People’s Voices Series: “MDGs, Poverty and the Post-2015 Agenda”  Thursday, 17 October, 10:00 -11:30am at UNICEF House, Danny Kaye Centre

Streamed live on the World We Want website.

The World We Want 2015 platform will host a panel discussion for its People’s Voices Series, centering on the Day’s theme, the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda.  Panelists include: Marta Benavides, co-chair, Global Call to Action Against Poverty; Sering Falu Njie, Deputy Director, UN Millennium Campaign; Maryanne Broxton, Constituent Advisor, ATD Fourth World; plus a representative from the Participate Initiative. Keynote Listener: Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning. Moderator: John Hendra, Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women.