'The campaign to make poverty history - a central moral challenge of our age - cannot remain a task for the few, it must become a calling for the many. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I urge everyone to join this struggle. Together, we can make real and sufficient progress towards the end of poverty.'
United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan delivered his message on 17 October 2006. During the next 12 months, around 11 million children under the age of five - 30,000 every week - died because of poverty.
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