October 17 is The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which has been celebrated every year since 1987. The theme for this year’s observance, in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Human Rights and Dignity of People Living in Poverty.

Information about the celebration, including information about its history and events planned for October 17 can be found on the World Poverty Day site and the UN page in International Day 2008. If you are on facebook, you can also join the facebook group formed to demonstrate support for the initiative here.