This is the spirit of the day – coming together to ensure that human rights be respected’ quoting from Fr. Joseph Wresinski. He was born to immigrant parents on February 12th, 1917 in Angers, France and knew the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd as a child, serving Mass each morning in the Contemplative Community. He founded the organization International Movement ATD4th World. We were celebrating 100 years of his birth and more. Each year since 1987 – 30 years – the International Day has been celebrated at the United Nations stemming from a Resolution proposed by tow UN Member States – France and Burkina Faso and adopted by the General Assembly inaugurating October 17th as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
This was my 11th time celebrating this day at the United Nations with ATD4th World. My first experience was at ‘the commemorative stone’ on the North Lawn in 2007 and part of this celebration was at the commemorative stone which has now been replaced following the UN building renovations. Below is a good photograph of the restored stone and the words of Fr Wresinski. You can see baskets with stones on the corners – each participant at the celebration was invited to take a stone home with them. This is my stone.
A group photo of all the participants.
Your UN Representative Winifred and Cecilie at the stone – STOP POVERTY
The UN Webcast has the full recording of the event in Conference Room 2 when people living in poverty (this year from around the world) take the microphone and speak truth to power – experiences of humiliation, stigmatization, exclusion, inhumanity, disrespect, marginalization and the words
@JosephWresinski, to those in poverty: “Demand that the world learn from you and your courage” #EndPoverty #StopPoverty #IDEP2017
Event entitled “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies” (on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (A/RES/47/196)) (co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso and France, in collaboration with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and ATD Fourth World)
Webcast 17 Oct 2017 – Event entitled “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies” (on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (A/RES/47/196)) (co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso and France, in collaboration with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and ATD Fourth World)
Another moment of insight for me – read the tweet …
The STOP Poverty Campaign did not end today! No, there was renewed commitment to ‘ALL TOGETHER IN DIGNITY.’
A video live stream is available HERE We need to hear the voices of the people.
Do you know the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights and the handbook “Making Human Rights Work for People Living in Extreme Poverty’. The handbook is available in three languages. Download Here