International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - 17 October 2003

A celebration in support of the eradication of poverty will take place in the forecourt of the Palais de l'Europe at 12 noon, with the participation of Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio and NGO representatives. On this occasion, an exhibition entitled "Commemorative stones for the eradication of poverty worldwide" will be displayed in the Palais de l'Europe.

NGOs - Council of Europe (special file)

ATD Fourthworld

United Nations Resolution

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: Maud de Boer-Buquicchio calls for more balanced development based on respect for human rights

Inequalities in wealth distribution are unfortunately increasing and more and more people are faced with economic insecurity, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio told her audience at a ceremony to mark 17 October as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. She was speaking in front of the commemorative paving stone laid ten years ago on the Council of Europe forecourt. The Deputy Secretary General particularly praised the contribution of ATD Fourth World to the Council of Europe's activities. All our efforts were directed towards a more balanced form of development, she said, from which all could benefit and which was based on respect for human rights.


Background to 17 October

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been celebrated on 17 October each year, ever since thousands people from all walks of life gathered in 1987 at the commemorative stone to honour the victims of poverty at the Trocadero Human Rights Plaza in Paris. In 1993, the United-Nations decided to declare 17 October as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Since the inauguration of the first commemorative stone in Paris, 25 replicas have been laid at symbolic sites in 10 countries across 4 continents. On 21 May 1993, one such stone was laid at the foot of the steps at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on the occasion of the European rally "Bridging the borders of exclusion" which brought together 400 young people from 18 countries.

The eradication of poverty and the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe's strategy for combating poverty is aimed at strengthening social cohesion in Europe, and preventing and combating social exclusion. The Council of Europe has a number of legal instruments chief among them the European Convention on Human Rights which establishes rights and fundamental freedoms, and the European Social Charter which establishes social rights, including the right to protection against poverty and the right to housing.

Social Cohesion - CoE

Social Charter - CoE

Conference “Access to social rights” Nov. 2002 - Malta

European Convention on Human Rights

European Social Charter

Council of Europe Publishing: The state and new social responsibilities in a globalising world

This sixth volume in the series "Trends in social cohesion" presents some of the outcomes of the Forum on New Social Responsibility in a Globalising World: the Role of the State, the Marquet and Civil Society, held in Strasbourg in October 2002. The forum was intended to help clarify the impact of globalisation on redefining the way social responsibility is understood and exercised at state, market and civil society levels.

Order "Trends in social cohesion - Volume N°6"

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Background information

Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on improving access to social rights – 24.09.2003