H I G H – L E V E L  P O L I T I C A L  F O R U M  2 0 1 7  —  S I D E  E V E N T
Participation: What a Day to End Poverty Can Accomplish

You are cordially invited to attend the HLPF side-event on the theme of “Participation: What a Day to End Poverty Can Accomplish“, highlighting the importance of participation of those furthest behind in decision-making processes.  Two of our panelists will share their direct experience of poverty and reflect on how participation transformed them and their communities.

♦ After 30 years, what is the impact of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty?
♦ How does participation of those furthest behind act as a transformational tool to end poverty?
♦ What conditions are needed to allow for people living in poverty to have meaningful participation in decision-making processes?

The participation of people living in poverty is a key concept of Agenda 2030, at the crossroads of Goal 1 on poverty eradication, and Goal 16 on peaceful and inclusive societies. For 30 years, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, recognizing that extreme poverty is a violation of human rights, has created a unique space for people living in poverty to share their first-hand experience and indispensable knowledge to end poverty.  From different perspectives,  this side- event will explore the impact of these contributions in the UN system and beyond.

WhenWednesday, July 12, 2017, from 1:15 to 2:30pm
Where: 866 UN Plaza, Suite 120 (Bahá’í International Community Office) 

This side-event is co-organized by the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, the Division for Social Policy and Development of UN DESA, the International Movement ATD Fourth World, the International Committee for October 17, the NGO Committee on Social Development, and the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd.


Ms. Maryann Broxton, Human Rights and Anti-poverty Activist
Ms. Kimberly Tyre, Human Rights and Anti-poverty Activist
Ms. Hayet Zeggar, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations
Ms. Isabelle Pypaert-Perrin, Director General, ATD Fourth World
Resident Coordinator, UNDP (TBC)

Please RSVP to Monica Jahangir by July 10 at monica.jahangir@atd-quartmonde.org Light lunch will be provided.


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. [1] This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinki which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for  Overcoming Extreme  Poverty and  the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The Call to Action of October 17 that was launched thirty years ago is recorded in the text on the Commemorative Stone at the Trocadero Human Rights Plaza in Paris which was unveiled in the presence of 100,000 people. A replica of the commemorative stone containing this text is installed in the North Lawn of the United Nations headquarters in New York:

On the 17th of October 1987, defenders of human and civil rights from every continent gathered on this plaza. They paid homage
to the victims of hunger, ignorance and violence. They affirmed their conviction that human misery is not inevitable. They pledged
their solidarity with all people who, throughout the world, strive to eradicate extreme poverty.

“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated.
To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”
                                                                                                                                    Father Joseph Wresinski

The Call to Action recognizes the knowledge and courage of families living in poverty throughout the world, the importance of reaching out to the poorest and  building  an  alliance  with  citizens  from  all backgrounds to end to poverty. It has its roots in Joseph Wresinski’s personal experience as a child living in poverty and his daily struggle with his family to overcome shame and social exclusion. The Call to Action that was taken up and replicated in many countries has enabled people living in extreme poverty to break the silence of poverty and to act in solidarity with those who aspire to be their partners.






  1. http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/RES/47/196 []