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Global call to action against poverty

 Concern will be participating in events this week commemorating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

On 17 October 1987, people from all backgrounds came together to commemorate the signing of the International Declaration of Human Rights and to affirm that extreme poverty is one of the worst violations of these rights. The day was adopted as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Twenty years on, the UN Millennium Campaign and the Global Call for Action against Poverty are calling on people all over the world to stand up and speak out against poverty and inequality on 17 October.

The campaigns are calling on governments to fulfill their promises to achieve and exceed the Millennium Development Goals by 2015; to ensure public accountability; just governance and the fulfillment of human rights; to make trade justice a reality; to ensure a major increase in the quantity and quality of aid and to cancel odious and unpayable debts.

This year, the pledge places equality high on the agenda, focusing on the link between inequality and poverty. It calls on wealthy countries to meet their commitments on gender inequality, and on poorer countries to tackle inequality within their borders. The pledge concludes with the lines: “We are asking not for charity but for justice. We are millions of voices standing in solidarity to say, no more excuses - end poverty now.”

In Dublin, on 17 October, the annual commemoration takes place at the Famine Memorial on Custom House Quay in Dublin, in the presence of Dublin's Lord Mayor, members of the Oireachtas and representatives of national and local groups and organisations. At the heart of the commemoration will be the participation and voices of people living in poverty. South Dublin County Council is also marking the day with a poetry reading, in which Concern, St Vincent de Paul, Tallaght Homeless Advise Unit, Barnardos and County Library will take part. 
 
Last year, Concern staff and partners around the world organised themselves in “Stand Up” events, at which a pledge was read out.