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Message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - 17 October 2004

15-10-2004 - We all think of poverty as representing one of the greatest threats to the stability of the world. With 2.8 billion men and women living on less than two dollars a day, we have to devote ever more urgent attention to the impoverishment that is undermining our societies and eroding even the idea of human security.

One of the Development Goals in the United Nations Millennium Declaration is to reduce this number by half by the year 2015. The message of this International Day is for us to pursue this objective untiringly, assisting in the implementation of national plans aimed at poverty relief and strengthening the mechanisms of international cooperation.

At a time when a new world solidarity is required in order to give fresh impetus to development assistance, it is fitting that we, in our own fields of competence, correct the economic, social and cultural inequalities that are undermining present-day societies.

In particular, educational and cultural concerns must continue to fuel international action as a whole because they are part of the very essence of development and the wealth of nations. Education for all, the reduction of the digital divide, the safeguarding of heritage and promotion of cultural diversity and sustainable development, which are among the main projects being undertaken by UNESCO, are not peripheral actions. They are at the heart of the fight against poverty.

Today, on this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I wish therefore to launch an appeal for solidarity and responsibility in order to put a stop to indifference and come to the aid of the most vulnerable. This is a duty of solidarity as well as an act of reason and peace, to prevent the emergence of new sources of instability in the world.

This year, the Organization will devote two days to debate and reflection on the links between the fight against poverty and the universal promotion of human rights. Four seminars and two public conferences will be organized at Headquarters in Paris, and numerous events will be organized away from Headquarters in order to create awareness in the international community with regard to these various challenges.

I hope, of course, that at the end of this Day each and every one of us will feel deeply concerned by an essential question of our time that involves nothing less than our ability to act collectively in order to promote a true ethic of globalization and social dialogue on a world scale.

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