International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Oct 17, 2013


Extreme poverty destroys the lives and spirit of people; it kills more children, young persons, and adults than any war. Every day, people living in extreme poverty are challenged and threatened by lack of food, shelter and access to essential services.

The 2013 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty focuses on "Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty."

Learn more about UNDP's work to reduce poverty >

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  • Bangladesh: Transforming life in the slumsFeb 10, 2014Bangladesh: Transforming life in the slumsA poverty-reduction programme offers poor urban communities resources, knowledge and skills to increase their income, as well as spaces to mobilise and create community development committees.

Statement from Helen Clark
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Discrimination denies people the opportunity to improve their lives, change the prospects of their families, and contribute to their communities and countries.

UNDP has consistently supported countries to confront such discrimination. ... We also seek to empower and engage poor people  — not as passive recipients of aid, but as active agents of development. People do know what they want and they do understand the challenges they face.

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