October 17 marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and the theme for 2021 is "Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies".

The call to action recognizes the courage of families living in poverty around the USA, the importance of contacting poverty, and building an alliance with citizens of all backgrounds to end it.

These values ​​are also highlighted in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations for Sustainable Development. It sets poverty eradication as a general goal. It obliges all countries to end poverty in all its forms through strategies that guarantee the fulfillment of all human rights and ensure that no one is left behind. The importance of public awareness, voice, and active participation of people living in extreme poverty is recognized in the Agenda itself and the United Nations-led consultation process.

One million people live in extreme poverty, less than $ 1.90 a day, and more than 800.000 suffer from hunger and malnutrition. However, poverty is measured by inadequate income and indicators of infant mortality, malnutrition, or education. It is also manifested by restricted access to health or other essential services and often by the non-recognition or abuse of other fundamental human rights.

Poverty is also the cause and consequence of social marginalization and exclusion. These lead to social riots and, in extreme cases, extremist violence and conflict in many parts of the world. But in most situations, poor people adapt to these social hardships and work stoically to escape the degrading realities of everyday life.

The task of governments and societies is to work to eliminate systemic socio-economic inequalities and facilitate the participation or employment of the very poor to help themselves, help their families and communities build a more equitable and sustainable future for everyone.