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Stand up and take action against poverty in October

"Human Rights and Dignity of People Living in Poverty" is the theme for this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17. We often hear many facts and statistics about the poor, but who are the poor and what is our individual and collective response to the Australian and global situation?

In the opening message of the 2008 Social Justice Sunday Statement, Bishop Christopher Saunders asks: “What values characterise our daily lives? Have we become obsessed with economic success and material acquisition? Do we recognise those in need and our obligation to do something about it?

The statement continues to challenge each of us “to hear the voice of the poor and to act with generous hearts”.

Read the Social Justice Sunday Statement 2008 “A Rich Young Nation: The challenge of affluence and poverty in Australia” Download the statement here.

Anti-Poverty Week Australia, October 12-18
Held October 12-18, Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship. The event encourages research, discussion and action to address these problems. Find out more.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17
The theme for this year’s observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is “Human Rights and Dignity of People Living in Poverty”. Poverty eradication, however, is not only a development goal; it is also a central challenge for ensuring worldwide recognition of human rights. Find out more.

Stand Up and Take Action on October 17-19
Join millions worldwide on October 17-19 to STAND UP and TAKE ACTION against poverty, and for the Millennium Development Goals. Stand Up is a global mobilisation to end poverty and inequality and for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Find out more.

United Nations Millennium Project
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the world’s time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions-income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion-while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. They are also basic human rights-the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter, and security.

Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty
Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education
Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality
Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health
Goal 6: Combat HIV-AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development

Find out more about the MDGs.
Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator