October 17, 1993: United Nations Designates International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
On this day in 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 17 as the “International Day for the Eradication of Poverty” to promote awareness and inspire action. This day of observance was set aside to address the poverty and destitution in all countries imperative to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The national poverty rate is 15 percent and 46.5 million of Americans live in poverty today, according to statistics released this past September from the US Census Bureau.
Watch Tavis Smiley’s ‘The Poverty Tour’ for a deeper look into the alarming statistics and revisit the cross-country discussion.
Image: Flag of the United Nations (April 2009) (Wilfried Huss/Wikimedia Commons).
Image: A poster at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, New York, USA, showing the Millennium Development Goals (May 2008) (Babucke/Wikimedia Commons).