In 1993 the General Assembly proclaimed 1996 as the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty, "recognizing that poverty is a complex and multi-dimensional problem with origins in both the national and international domains, and that its eradication in all countries, in particular in developing countries, has become one of the priority development objectives for the 1990s in order to promote sustainable development" (General Assembly resolution 48/183, 1993).
The Assembly would also decide that the Year's activities should support a longer-term, sustained effort to implement fully and effectively the commitments and recommendations agreed upon at major United Nations development-related conferences.
A logo, designed by Jose Castineira of the United Nations Design Section and adopted for the Year, was presented to the Secretary-General by the Assistant Secretary-General for the Department of Public Information, Samir Sanbar. The logo suggests a linkage between ending poverty, empowering people and reinforcing peace in the world.
All the International Years proclaimed by the General Assembly.
Netherlands Antilles 23 October 1996