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17 October : International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/
2014 Theme:
Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly, by Resolution 47/196 [ http://goo.gl/mCCMEC ], designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Fighting poverty remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) [ http://goo.gl/pPAqZU ] and the development of the post-2015 development agenda [ http://goo.gl/RdkUU9 ].

Source:
United Nations

http://www.un.org/

Statement from [Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada]
Minister Paradis: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=894959
October 17, 2014
Our great nation of Canada is built upon generations of families who, through war and peace, struggled to preserve a free and open society–a society that provided an opportunity for all to advance, regardless of race, religion or economic status. As Nobel Prize-winning economists have concisely summarized, development is freedom. By increasing personal freedoms we remove barriers to innovation and ingenuity and lay the foundation for healthy communities, accountable governments, and respect for the rule of law. Only with these conditions in place will we achieve sustainable economic growth and permanently reduce poverty.

Source:
Government of Canada News

http://news.gc.ca/web/index-en.do

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ChewOnThis!, Canadians Agree, We Need a Plan to Eliminate Poverty
Press Release
October 17, 2014— Today, marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. People passionate about ending poverty will use the lunchtime on that day to draw attention to the 833,000 Canadians who have to rely on food banks each month to put food on their tables. As part of Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty Free Canada, volunteers at “ChewOnThis!” events are asking people across Canada to join the strong call for a federal plan to address poverty by simply going online to:
http://www.dignityforall.ca/en/press-release-chewonthis-canadians-agree-we-need-plan-eliminate-poverty

Related links:

Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada
http://www.dignityforall.ca/

Chew on This
http://www.chewonthis.ca/
Join Dignity for All in this campaign as we call on the federal government to step up and take action to address poverty and food insecurity in Canada.

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The Burden of Poverty: A snapshot of poverty across Canada
http://cpj.ca/burden-of-poverty
October 2014
“The Burden of Poverty: A snapshot of poverty across Canada” uses the most recent data from Statistics Canada to demonstrate the reality of poverty across the country. This report provides an accessible set of materials to support national and community-level anti-poverty work across the country, including CPJ’s own outreach and engagement activities, and Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada.

Download the complete report:

The Burden of Poverty: A snapshot of poverty across Canada (PDF - 1MB, 7 pages)
http://cpj.ca/sites/default/files/docs/files/The%20Burden%20of%20Poverty%20Report.pdf
October 2014
There is no reason why poverty should exist in a country as wealthy as Canada. Approximately 4.8 million people in Canada live in poverty according to the Low Income Measure. That’s roughly 1 in 7.

Highlights of the “Burden of Poverty” report:
*
Measuring the unequal impact of poverty on some groups, like new immigrants, families led by single mothers, un-attached adults, youth and Aboriginal people.
* Presenting poverty rates for each province and territory as well as 32 communities across Canada.
* Calling for a federal plan to deal with the causes of poverty.

Source:
Citizens for Public Justice
(CPJ)
http://cpj.ca/
Citizens for Public Justice promotes public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing, and public dialogue. CPJ encourages citizens, leaders in society, and governments to support policies and practices which reflect God’s call for love, justice, and stewardship.

Related links:

Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada
http://www.dignityforall.ca/

Chew on This
http://www.chewonthis.ca/
Join Dignity for All in this campaign as we call on the federal government to step up and take action to address poverty and food insecurity in Canada.

From Statistics Canada:
[ http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

Income in Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=75-202-X&lang=eng

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Ten Things You Might Not Know About Poverty In Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/news/10-things-you-might-not-know-about-poverty-in-canada
October 17, 2013

In 1993, the UN designated October 17 the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and later adopted the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger as the core of its Millennium Development Goals.
To mark the day, here are some things about poverty in Canada that you might not know:
[Click the link above for links to more info on each of these.]
10. It's hard to measure

9. It varies widely between different groups
8. Child poverty is high in Canada
7. It's a significant burden on the economy
6. Many Canadians spend too much on shelter
5. Poverty can shorten your life
4. Many don't have enough to eat
3. Homelessness is widespread
2. Debt levels are on the rise
1. Early investment can yield big dividends

Source:
CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/

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

From the
United Nations:

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 2013
http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/
17 October 2013
Theme for this year:
Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly, by Resolution 47/196 [http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/47/196], designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Fighting poverty remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) [http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/] and the post-2015 development agenda [http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/beyond2015-news.shtml].

Secretary-General's Message for 2013
http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/2013/sgmessage2013.shtml
This year’s observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty comes as the international community is pursuing twin objectives: intensifying efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals, and formulating the next set of goals to guide our efforts after we reach the MDG target date of 2015.

Past Observances (back to 2000)
http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/past.shtml

Documents
http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/documents.shtml
- comprises the following items:
* Secretary-General’s reports
* General Assembly resolutions
* Economic and Social Council resolutions
* Human Rights Council Resolutions
* "Rethinking Poverty", 2010 Report on the World Social Situation

Additional Resources
http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/links.shtml
UN System
*
The United Nations and Development
* Department of Economic and Social Affairs
* Dag Hammarskjöld Library
* United Nations Bookshop
* UN Works
* Stand up Against Poverty
* Millennium Campaign
* Millennium Project
* International Movement ATD Fourth World
* Overcoming Extreme Poverty
Related Events
*
Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)
* Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty
* First UN Decade for the Eradication of Poverty
* International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Source:
United Nations

http://www.un.org/

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United Nations Millennium Campaign’s 2012 Annual Report
http://issuu.com/endpoverty2015/docs/af_annual_report_2012_issuu
The UN Millennium Campaign was established by the Secretary General in 2002. It supports and inspires people from around the world to take action for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Millennium Development Goals
http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
1. End Poverty and Hunger
2. Universal Education
3. Gender Equality
4. Child Health
5. Maternal Health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS
7. Environmental Sustainability
8. Global Partnership

Source:
End Poverty 2015 : UN Millennium Campaign

http://www.endpoverty2015.org/
The UN Millennium Campaign was established by the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2002 in order to support citizen participation in the achieving the Millennium Development Goals, adopted by 189 world leaders from rich and poor countries, as part of the Millennium Declaration which was signed in 2000.

Canada and the
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 2013

From Dignity for All - the
campaign for a poverty free Canada:

Take Time on October 17th to Think Beyond Food Banks
http://www.dignityforall.ca/en/take-time-october-17th-think-beyond-food-banks
By Megan Yarema
September 19th, 2013
3.8 million people in Canada cannot access the food they need. Close to 1 million people use food banks each month. Food banks are not a sufficient response. Surely we can do better.
This year on October 17th, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we propose that people think beyond food banks to solutions that address the root causes of poverty.

The call for an national poverty elimination strategy:
On October 17, volunteers in a dozen Canadian cities will be handing out lunch bags to passers-by and politicians with the words “Chew on This” printed on the outside, and an apple and a postcard on the inside. The postcard will have stats/info about food insecurity and an option to sign and send it to parliament as a call for a national poverty elimination strategy. For more info about this campaign, click the link above.

Source:
Dignity for All : the campaign for a poverty free Canada
http://www.dignityforall.ca/
Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada, headed by Canada Without Poverty and Citizens for Public Justice, is a multi-year, non-partisan campaign supported by over 10,000 individuals and 600 local and national organizations calling for a comprehensive federal plan to eliminate poverty.

Canada Without Poverty
[http://www.cwp-csp.ca/]
Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada.

Citizens for Public Justice
[http://www.cpj.ca/]
Our mission is to promote public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue. CPJ encourages citizens, leaders in society and governments to support policies and practices which reflect God’s call for love, justice and stewardship.

Also from
Citizens for Public Justice:

Poverty Trends Highlights: Canada 2013
http://www.cpj.ca/en/poverty-trends-highlights-canada-2013-report
October 16, 2013
This latest installment in the Poverty Trends Scorecard provides a timely snapshot of poverty in Canada that identifies where things are improving and where they’re getting worse.
Some salient points from the highlights report:
* The most up-to-date numbers on poverty in Canada
* How far below the poverty line an average low-income family is living
* The lightning-fast rise of the number of poor single working-age adults in the last 30 years
* The precarious situation of lone-parent families
* A comparison of different poverty measures, including examples of regional poverty lines
* Specific recommendations for federal action to address these trends

Complete report:

Poverty Trends Highlights: Canada 2013 (PDF - 632K, 9 pages)
http://www.cpj.ca/files/docs/Poverty-Trends-Highlights-2013.pdf

Source:
Citizens for Public Justice
http://www.cpj.ca/


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