Welcome to the US home of the international movement ATD Fourth World. We at ATD Fourth World believe that persistent poverty can be eradicated. It can be done by working in partnership with people living in poverty. We work on the grassroots level in over 34 countries and in six areas of the US, and maintain consultative status at the United Nations, UNICEF, UNESCO, and the ILO.
“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.” – Joseph Wresinski
Since 1987, anti-poverty groups around the world have come together to recognize the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This year, as every year, events were held across the US and around the world.
In New York, the event was held at the United Nations and served as the official commemoration of the international day. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke as well as members of ATD Fourth World teams in Boston and New York. You can read more about the event here, and see more photos here.
In Appalachia, people came together at the Clinchco Senior Center in Clinchco Virginia. There were presentations from a variety of speakers including videos, food, and a quiz. You can read more about the event here, and see more photos here.