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United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - 17th October

The annual UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (UN Day) is a day to express friendship and solidarity with people who have to live with poverty and social exclusion every day of the year in Ireland, Europe and around the world.

On the 17th October 1987, in the presence of 100,000 people from every socio-economic background and continent, Fr. Joseph Wresinski unveiled a commemorative stone at the Human Rights Plaza in Paris. This message is engraved on the stone:

Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”

Similar stones are now located in 50 cities and places around the world, including Dublin, and have become rallying points for people from all walks of life. They gather to bear witness to the most vulnerable people in the world and to make a personal commitment to join forces with them in abolishing poverty and social exclusion. In 1992, the United Nations declared October 17 “International Day for the Eradication of Poverty”. Further information on UN Day can be found at:


UN Day 2017 - Commemoration Events in Ireland

Each year the Department supports small public awareness initiatives to promote awareness of the Day and support the work of the Irish 17 October Committee in networking with the groups responsible for the various commemorative initiatives and projects nationwide. 

Details of UN Day 2017 events are available at link:


UN Day 2017 – Main Event in Dublin

The main UN DAY 2017 event in Dublin will take place on 17th October at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone where people will gather to share their stories of experiencing poverty in Ireland, and to celebrate activism, social change and hope for the future.  The Irish Commemorative Stone can be found beside the Famine Statues, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, and the event runs from 10.45am to 12.30pm

This commemoration event of the UN Day has been organised by the Irish 17 October Committee and is financially supported by a grant from the UN Day social inclusion initiatives scheme of the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection.  The programme will include:


  • An introduction by the Master of Ceremony, Brid O’Brien (INOU) and guest

  • Welcoming address by Mícheál Mac Donncha, Lord Mayor of Dublin

  • Testimonies by various community members on their experiences of poverty and social exclusion.

  • Songs and music.







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