10.17.2006

World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty


That would be today, October 17 - every year since 1987.



OCTOBER 17, 1987,

ON THIS DAY, DEFENDERS OF HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS FROM EVERY CONTINENT GATHERED HERE. THEY PAID HOMAGE TO THE VICTIMS OF HUNGER, IGNORANCE AND VIOLENCE. THEY AFFIRMED THEIR CONVICTION THAT HUMAN MISERY IS NOT INEVITABLE. THEY PLEDGED THEIR SOLIDARITY WITH ALL PEOPLE WHO, THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, STRIVE TO ERADICATE EXTREME POVERTY.

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“WHEREVER HUMAN BEINGS ARE CONDEMNED TO LIVE IN EXTREME POVERTY, HUMAN RIGHTS ARE VIOLATED. TO COME TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT THESE RIGHTS BE RESPECTED IS OUR SOLEMN DUTY.”

FATHER JOSEPH WRESINSKI



On October 17, 1992, it was officially celebrated by the United Nations for the first time. I personally was in France that day, at the Plaza of Human Rights and Liberties in Paris, just up from the Eiffel Tower, during my internship at the international headquarters of the International Fourth World Movement (ATD Quart Monde). It remains a significant day for me to remember the hard work of so many people around the world to overcome poverty - in their own lives and in the lives of others. It is a day to rededicate ourselves to this work.

For more information about celebrations around the world today, visit the international website, www.oct17.org.

I really like the quote in French but I can't figure out how to type letters with accents:
La ou des hommes sont condamnes a vivre dans la misere,
les droits de l'homme sont violes.
S'unir pour les faire respecter est un devoir sacre.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous cuthbert said...

hey, this is cubbie who has recently started coming to meetings. i don't know what kind of computer you have, but in windows generally in applications in... um... system tools... there is the "character map" which has all of the possible characters in a font, including those with accents. you click on the one you want and copy and then paste it in your entry. it can get a little tedious, but can also be fun...ish.
i don't know how to do it in macs, but i could try and find out.

10/20/2006 5:58 PM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

Thanks, Cubbie. I have a laptop PC, but I will search it out. Maybe I'll have it down by this time next year!

10/23/2006 3:50 PM  

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