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Ensure rapid technological development to boost poverty eradication efforts: UN Chief
The world community observed the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17th October with the theme "Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity".

The UN reminded various member states that there was a 'fundamental connection between extreme poverty and human rights, and that people living in poverty are disproportionately affected by many human rights violations.'

The UN Secretary-General in his message on the observance stated, "Over 700 million people are unable to meet their basic daily needs. Many live in situations of conflict and crisis; others face barriers in accessing health care, education and job opportunities, preventing them from benefitting from broader economic development. And women are disproportionately affected. Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, as embodied in Goal 1 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, remains one of the greatest global challenges and a major priority for the United Nations."

He urged that poverty was not a matter of charity but a question of justice based on a humanistic 'connection between eradicating extreme poverty and upholding the equal rights of all people'.

"We must listen to the millions of people experiencing poverty and destitution across the globe, tackle the power structures that prevent their inclusion in society and address the indignities they face. We must build a fair globalization that creates opportunities for all and ensure that rapid technological development boosts our poverty eradication efforts," he added in his released message by calling on the leaders to uphold the core pledge of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind.

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