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Statement of the OAS Secretary General on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Press Release

Statement of the OAS Secretary General on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 17, 2020

Permanently eradicating poverty is central to guaranteeing more rights for more people in the Americas. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we cannot be tolerant of the existence of millions of people living in poverty and extreme poverty, a situation that is now aggravated by the effects of COVID-19.

The data is alarming. Today we know that there will be at least 30 million newly impoverished people as a result of the pandemic and 16 million more will fall into extreme poverty. This has dramatically set back the social advances that the countries of the region had achieved.

These figures, in addition to sounding an alarm, must be a call for urgent action and to redouble efforts in all areas, because behind these numbers there are people, households, children who today do not have access to their rights.

In this search for solutions to definitively eradicate the scourge of poverty, the Organization of American States (OAS) has an important role to play through concrete actions, such as promoting dialogue and technical cooperation among its member states for the exchange of information and experiences on the policies that have worked in the fight against poverty.

In addition, we have valuable economic and social rights instruments such as the Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Protocol of San Salvador) and its monitoring mechanism, through which a Group of Experts make recommendations to States aimed at improving public policies that are key to eradicating poverty.

Likewise, through the Inter-American Democratic Charter and the Social Charter of the Americas, the OAS has been a pioneer in recognizing the link and indivisibility between civil and political rights, and economic, social, cultural and environmental rights.

Now, more than ever, we must continue exchanging tools, experiences and knowledge to achieve the global and regional goal of definitively eradicating poverty and thus ensuring a future that truly guarantees more rights for more people.

Reference: E-E 103/20