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 >

Our Stories

  • Farmers’ cooperatives increase food security in CubaFarmers’ cooperatives increase food security in CubaA program of land grants and farmers' training is helping Cuba increase its domestic food production and protect its food supply from vulnerabilities.

  • From displaced people to micro-entrepreneurs in ColombiaFrom displaced people to micro-entrepreneurs in ColombiaDisplaced by violence, individuals create and strengthen their businesses with the support of the Suppliers Development Programme, carried out by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

  • Guatemala: Coffee with characterGuatemala: Coffee with characterIn rural areas of Guatemala, UNDP supports associations of small coffee producers, helping improve their processing and business practices and increasing exports.

  • Haiti: Accessibility and women’s participation for better electionsHaiti: Accessibility and women’s participation for better electionsKetizia Brunard lost an arm in the earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010. Determined to fully exercise her civil and political rights, the 26-year-old is looking forward to voting in the next legislative elections.

  • Haiti: Exporting coffee while protecting biodiversityHaiti: Exporting coffee while protecting biodiversityBy revamping coffee cultivation, producers are reforesting land and improving their living conditions.

  • In Belize, teaching youth life-skills to prepare for workplaceIn Belize, teaching youth life-skills to prepare for workplaceA project in Southside Belize City provides a coordinated system that for mentoring vulnerable youths and preparing them for the future.

  • In Bolivia, microloans lift thousands of women from povertyIn Bolivia, microloans lift thousands of women from povertyA microloan programme in Bolivia is helping rural and indigenous women open small businesses and receive skills and management training to improve their livelihoods.

  • In Costa Rica, promoting responsible pineapple productionIn Costa Rica, promoting responsible pineapple productionA UNDP project in Costa Rica is helping foster business partnerships that make trade responsible, fair and environmentally sustainable.

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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