International days did exist prior to the establishment of the United Nations, but the United Nations is using and promoting them for impact and as an advocacy tool. What is the purpose behind international days? The UN defines them as a chance and occasion to educate the public on specific issues and to address global problems. Furthermore they offer an opportunity to underline achievements of humanity.
October 17 is International day for the eradication of poverty. According to the UN, the COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for approximately 150 million people being pushed into poverty in 2021 and increased poverty by 8.1% in 2020. One of the major tragedies initiated by the spread of COVID-19 has been the reversal of the global poverty reduction trend of the last three decades. Humanism is dedicated to promoting humanity, reason and equal opportunities for all human beings. In order to make this ideal a reality, the work towards the eradication of poverty needs to remain ongoing.