International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

17 Oct 2011

image Fishermen bring in the daily catch in south-eastern Viet Nam. Photo: UNDP/Tran Vinh Nghia

Sustainable human development is at the heart of UNDP’s work. Economic growth will not produce jobs and cut poverty unless it is inclusive and unless the needs of the poor and marginalised are at the centre of development priorities. Research shows that when men and women have equal opportunities and freedoms, economic growth accelerates and poverty declines more rapidly. UNDP thus works with developing countries to integrate the standards and principles of human rights such as non-discrimination, participation and accountability in design and implementation of development policies and programmes. Our work on poverty reduction, democratic governance and environmental sustainability goes hand in hand.

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Match Against Poverty 2011
Football stars Ronaldo and Zidane

announced that most of the proceeds of UNDP's annual Match Against Poverty will go towards addressing the ongoing food crisis in the Horn of Africa.

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Take One Action Against Poverty
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Everyone has an opportunity and a responsibility to make a world of 7 billion a better place for all of us. Share your story how you are making a difference in your community – and globally.

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