The “Walking as One for an Inclusive Society” Call to Action has been initiated by All Together in Dignity Ireland as an Irish national follow-up to the global #StopPoverty campaign: www.poverty-stop.org

The national #WalkAsOne Call was inspired by the international #StopPoverty pledge marking the 30th anniversary of the Human Rights Defenders Anti-Poverty Gathering which took place on 17 October 1987 in Paris.

The #StopPoverty pledge states:

At a time of unprecedented challenges which demand collective action, we cannot accept the waste of human potential that poverty represents.

Poverty is a form of violence. It leads to prejudice and humiliation and it silences people. It destroys lives and is a major obstacle to forging a sustainable and peaceful world.

But poverty is not inevitable. Like slavery or discrimination, it can be overcome. For as long as poverty has existed, those who suffer it have resisted its injustice. The world needs their knowledge and intelligence in order to face today’s challenges.

The time has come to build a world where no one is left behind. This is the central message agreed on by the world leaders in “Transforming our world”, the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This “Leave No One Behind” promise will not be kept without involving some key partners: by learning from those living in poverty, we can finally free ourselves from the exclusion and domination that have governed human relationships for too long.

Since October 17, 1987, the first End Poverty Day, people from all walks of life and countless organizations have responded to the powerful call to action launched by Joseph Wresinski, founder of All Together in Dignity:

“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure those rights be respected is our solemn duty.”

This 1987 call is still a call for today and tomorrow. This call is a nonviolent answer to the violence of poverty. It has empowered countless people living in poverty to speak out, act with others, and be heard.

Each year, around the world, more and more people from different backgrounds have come together to reject poverty by pushing for basic human rights to be respected and by urging organizations and institutions to take action. Their actions have proven, time and time again, that when we work together we can overcome exclusion and poverty.

Together, it becomes possible to build a world where we live in peace, free from poverty and fear, and where every human being can achieve his or her full potential. That is why I choose to act for a world without poverty, “the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development” set by the 2030 Agenda.

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