The Green Party of Canada 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 Green Party is the only party advocating making poverty history through a Guaranteed Livable Income,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands.
“October 17th is an opportunity to hear the concerns of people living in poverty. They are on the frontline of the fight against poverty. Eradicate poverty is a goal we should collectively pursue. Political leadership is key in that regard; a Green Party government would place poverty eradication at the heart of its action,” added Rebecca Harrison, Green Shadow Cabinet member for Poverty Elimination.
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.