Today, we celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP). The day of 17 October was declared as the day for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The day aims to promote people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty from the world particularly in the Asia Pacific region. According to latest World Bank report, Global extreme poverty is expected to rise in 2020 for the first time in over 20 years as the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic compounds the forces of conflict and climate change, which were already slowing poverty reduction progress.

The COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to push an additional 88 million to 115 million people into extreme poverty this year, with the total rising to as many as 150 million by 2021, depending on the severity of the economic contraction. Extreme poverty is likely to affect between 9.1% and 9.4% of the world’s population in 2020 according to the biennial Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report. Had the pandemic not convulsed the globe, the poverty rate was expected to drop to 7.9% in 2020.

Asia and the Pacific region is the home of about 70 per cent of the World’s rural population. The region has more than half of the world’s extreme poor are living.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development says to leave no one behind, and Goal 1 says for eradicating poverty by 2030. In this regards governments should make policies and efforts to create opportunities for the poor so that they can overcome poverty and build a better and safer world for all.

We have to accelerate our efforts towards eradicating extreme poverty and discrimination, and ensuring that full participation of people living in poverty, particularly in the decisions that affect their lives and communities.
CIRDAP is continuously working for the rural poor in the Asia-Pacific to promote integrated rural development by providing them technical support, by fostering the exchange of ideas and experience through collaboration and partnership.

On behalf of CIRDAP, I call for immediate global attention on eradication of global poverty from the world. The CIRDAP is working for quality of life for the rural poor in the Asia Pacific region with the aim, in particular of improving the production, income and living conditions of small-scale farmers and other needy rural groups, and of encouraging their participation in social and economic life so that rural people eradicate poverty.