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International Day for eradication of poverty, OIC commission joins

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(Jeddah-AlummahWorld, Dhul-AlHijjah 23, 1435, 17 Oct 2014) The OIC Independent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) joins the international community in observing the “International day for the eradication of poverty” and reaffirms the need for all countries to take immediate and concrete actions in line with well-recognized international human rights standards to ensure that all people can live with dignity and enjoy their fundamental human rights.

As affirmed by the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, extreme poverty and social exclusion constitute a violation of human dignity and inhibits the full and effective enjoyment of human rights by the affected populations. Its elimination must remain a high priority for the international community and all steps must be taken to ensure that fruits of social progress and development are shared and enjoyed by all segments of society, OIC statement said.

Poverty alleviation, therefore, should become the central theme of the human rights machinery. International community must pay equal attention to the promotion and implementation of both the civil and political as well as economic, social and cultural rights. The strong link and equal status between the two sets of rights must always be respected and preserved both at the national and international levels.

Fighting poverty was at the core of establishing MDG and should continue to be the main focus of post 2015 development agenda. Sustainable development cannot take place in an environment of extreme economic and social disparity and inequality. Similarly, to have achievable and reasonable goals, it is imperative to identify and secure the participation of those experiencing extreme poverty and social exclusion in the post 2015 development agenda. This goes in line with the theme of this year’s International day for the eradication of poverty, which calls for “Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty”.

Non-implementation or even due recognition of the Right to Development as a core human rights obligation by all States, also remains an obstacle for millions of those aspiring to be lifted out of poverty. The UN and the international community must do their part to make it a reality, which would also lead to genuine realization of universal human rights.
In conclusion, the Commission fully supports the call made by the UN Secretary General that “on this day everyone must recommit to think, decide and act together against extreme poverty and plan for a world where no one is left behind. The aim should be prosperity for all and not just for a few”.