The history of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is inextricably linked with the date of October 17, 1987. On that day, more than a hundred thousand people gathered at the Place du Trocadero in Paris, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to pay tribute to the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger.
The participants declared that poverty is a violation of human rights and reaffirmed the need to work together to achieve these rights. The relevant statements are inscribed on the Memorial Stone, which was unveiled that day.
Since then, people from all walks of life, creeds and backgrounds have gathered every year on October 17 to reaffirm their position and show solidarity with the underprivileged. The same commemorative stones have been opened in many countries of the world, and they are a gathering place for the Day. One such stone is located in the garden of United Nations Headquarters, and it is around it that the solemn ceremony organized annually by the United Nations Secretariat in New York is held.