This year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted on 20 November 1989.

This important human rights treaty defines the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities.

This year 2019, the International Day for Eradication of Poverty, is marked under the motto: To act together, to support and empower children, their families and communities, to end poverty.

The Convention affirms the right of every child to have a decent standard of living for physical, mental, spiritual and social development. In a society when the denial of children’s rights is recognized, then people with positions and authority, responsibility and power are legally bound and obliged to protect and fulfill the rights of the child.

After all, it is necessary to recognize and address specific experiences of discrimination in young girls. It is important for children to be included in the consultation process for decision-making that will benefit them.

Through the consultation process, collecting children’s views on certain issues, they will actually be involved in making crucial decisions.

Poverty slows a child’s development, thereby leading to lower incomes and worsening adulthood.

About 1.2 billion people worldwide live in extreme poverty (less than a dollar a day). Poverty creates poor health by forcing people to live in decent living – decent housing, clean water or adequate sanitation.

Putting an end to poverty does not just help the poor – it is an opportunity for every woman and man to live in dignity. With the eradication of poverty, all of humanity will be transformed.

The World Health Organization (WHO) supports states to create and implement “poor policies”, ie Priority health policies that meet the needs of the poor. This would include global advocacy, regional initiatives and direct support from health ministries in developing countries. Globally, these experiences will be combined to form recommendations for best practices.

Health and poverty issues vary considerably from country to country and in particular regions present a particular challenge.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) policies provide a common set of priorities for tackling poverty.

Health is the focus of the MDGs with the recognition that better health is key to the global poverty reduction agenda, as well as an important measure of human well-being and the realization of their rights.

Poverty eradication is the UN’s first goal of sustainable development for 2030 on the sustainable development agenda. However, it is closely linked to other goals such as ensuring health and hygiene, access to quality education for all, decent employment opportunities, gender equality and environmental preservation.

Celebrating October 17 each year shows that we can have a greater share and participation, enabling people of all walks of life to respect human rights and to enable the dignity of people living in poverty.

The participation of children and young people in this day’s celebration every year is encouraging in the United Nations and around the world. It recognizes the important roles that children can play by sharing and applying the values ​​and knowledge they have acquired in their personal daily struggles to overcome poverty.

Anyone can join the call to action to connect with people from around the world who have joined the fight to overcome poverty, this year’s social media campaign will be marked by the use of #EndPoverty

In 2010, the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia adopted the National Strategy for Poverty Reduction and Social Exclusion in the Republic of North Macedonia for the period 2010/2020.

Main Strategic Goal for Poverty Reduction and Social Exclusion in the Republic of North Macedonia is:

Reduce poverty and social exclusion by better utilizing and enhancing available human and material resources, improving living conditions, improving working conditions, systemic and institutional interoperability for faster development, higher standard of living, better quality of life and development of mechanisms for social inclusion of vulnerable categories of citizens in the local context.

The vision of the strategy is for the Republic of North Macedonia to be a society with reduced poverty and social exclusion. The mission of the Strategy is to carry out the following processes:

  • • Promotion and enhancement of the opportunities provided by the citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia to participate in educational, working and general social activities;
  • Reduction of barriers to addressing specific problems and social exclusion of specific vulnerable groups facing those barriers;
  • Promoting social inclusion in children and young people, creating conditions for long-term opportunities for future generations;
  • Empowering vulnerable communities to have quality lives and the ability to cope with obstacles to their well-being.