Goals of the International Committee for October 17th:

  • To pro­mote the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which pub­licly unites all those who are striv­ing
    to­geth­er to end pover­ty and those who want to join them in this en­deav­our, whether at the glob­al, na­tion­al or lo­cal lev­els;
  • To pro­mote the ob­ser­vance of this in­ter­na­tion­al day in ways that re­spect the orig­i­nal spir­it and mean­ing of the day, first
    marked on October 17, 1987, as de­scribed in the words of Fr. Joseph Wresinski that “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”;
  • To pro­mote and safe­guard spaces where peo­ple from very dif­fer­ent back­grounds can be to­geth­er in a unique way, to strug­gle
    again­st ex­treme pover­ty and vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights, and to strive to­wards peace for all.

The com­po­si­tion of this com­mit­tee is unique, with mem­bers com­ing from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, in­clud­ing peo­ple with first-hand
ex­pe­ri­ence of ex­treme pover­ty, all com­mit­ted to­geth­er again­st pover­ty and ex­clu­sion:

Members of the International Committee for October 17th

President

Mr. Donald Lee, PhD (Australia) Former Senior Civil Servant, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

Members

Ms. Gemma Adaba (Trinidad and Tobago) Former Representative to the United Nations for the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC);
Mr. Maximiliano Araujo Araujo (Guatemala) Writer, lawyer and hu­man rights de­fend­er;
Ms. Huguette Bossot-Redegeld (France) International Movement ATD Fourth World;
Ms. Kazuko Ito (Japan) Lawyer, General Secretary, Human Rights Now;
Ms. Nina Lim Yuson, PhD (Philippines) President, International Movement ATD Fourth World;
Ms. Tricia McConalogue (Great Britain) Director, Bridging the Gap;
Ms. Belinda Nugent (Ireland) Aftercare Worker;
Mr. Titinga Pacéré, Esq. (Burkina Faso) Lawyer, writer and po­et;
Ms. Isabelle Pypaert-Perrin (Belgium) Director General, International Movement ATD Fourth World;
Mr. Jacques Petidor (Haiti) Educator, Ministry of Education;
Mr. Benoît Reboul-Salze (France) International Movement ATD Fourth World;
Fr. Mario Serrano (Dominican Republic) National Director for Jesuit Social Ministries in the Dominican Republic;
Ms. Jean Stallings (United States of America) ATD Fourth World;
Ms. Jyoti Tuladhar (Nepal) International Consultant on gen­der and hu­man rights;
Ms. Aye Aye Win (Myanmar) Co-founder and for­mer co-director of Dignity International

Honorary Members

H.E. Mr. Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (Peru) 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Mr. Cassam Uteem (Republic of Mauritius) President (1992-2002)


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The mem­bers of the International Committee with in­vit­ed guests and the Secretariat of the Committee
at the 6th Meeting of the International Committee, Pierrelaye, France, June 2016.

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The mem­bers of the International Committee with in­vit­ed guests and the Secretariat of the Committee
at the 5th Meeting of the International Committee, Dublin, Ireland, May 2014.

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The mem­bers of the International Committee with in­vit­ed guests and the Secretariat of the Committee
at the 4th Meeting of the International Committee, United Nations, New York, May 2012.

 

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