GIS – 10 October 2016: A talk on Fighting Poverty in the 21st Century: the Sustainable Development Platform, by Dr Rômulo Paes de Sousa, Director of the World Centre for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Development Programme, will mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty commemorated on 17 October.
Other activities organised by the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment in the context of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty include:
- A participatory community function with beneficiaries of the Integrated Social Housing Project at Gros Cailloux, Petite Rivière, and the award of certificates to a first batch of participants who have followed the Atelier Partage Parents course.
- The launching of the Atelier Partage Parents course for the beneficiaries of Sainte Catherine.
- An exhibition to showcase the achievements of the Decentralised Cooperation Programme during the past 10 years.
In Rodrigues, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will be marked by the handing-over of keys to beneficiaries of housing units.
Need to understand poverty in its multi-dimensions
The 2016 theme chosen by the United Nations is Moving from Humiliation and Exclusion to Participation: Ending Poverty in all its Forms. The theme this year – selected in consultation with activists, civil society and non-governmental organisations – highlights how important it is to recognise and address the humiliation and exclusion endured by many people living in poverty.
It is recalled that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” explicitly recognises that poverty results not from the lack of just one thing but from many different interrelated factors that affect the lives of people living in poverty. This means it is necessary to go beyond seeing poverty merely as the lack of income or what is necessary for material well-being — such as food, housing, land, and other assets – in order to fully understand poverty in its multi-dimensions.
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