International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

17 OCTOBER 2012

The Green Party of New Brunswick is observing the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17th. “The theme of the 2012 observance is ‘Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty’. It serves as a reminder that poverty kills more children and adults that any war. “The New Brunswick Green Party, together with its federal counterpart is the only party advocating making poverty history through a Guaranteed Livable Income,” said New Brunswick Green Leader, David Coon.

October 17th is an opportunity to focus the attention of all New Brunswickers on poverty in our province. The Green Party congratulates the initiative of the Common Front for Social Justice to hold its 4th Poverty Summit in Bathurst today and in Moncton on Saturday. They are on the frontline of the fight against poverty.

“Eradicating poverty is a goal we must collectively pursue, and political leadership is essential,” said David Coon, leader of the New Brunswick Green Party.

Through resolution 47/196 adopted on 22 December 1992, United Nations’ General Assembly declared October 17th as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution.

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