Stand Up against poverty

Will you Stand Up against poverty?

Join people in more than 100 countries to Stand Up Against Poverty. Between 10 hrs (GMT) on Sunday, 15 October and 10 hrs (GMT) on Monday, 16 October, people all over the world will Stand Up to ask government leaders to keep their promises to help end poverty by 2015. The global public action will culminate in the International Day of Poverty Eradication on 17 October.

Show your commitment to fight poverty on 15-16 October: Take part in local, group Stand Up events to symbolize the fight against poverty and encourage others to join you too. The purpose of the action is to publicly demonstrate to policy makers the growing global support for the eradication of poverty.

Find out how you can join an existing event in your area or organize your own Stand Up events

Action:

Launched by the Millennium Campaign, STAND UP is a global advocacy effort to set an official Guinness World Record – the greatest number of people ever to STAND UP Against Poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals – on October 15-16 2006.

Within a 24-hour period, 10,000 people must physically and symbolically “STAND UP” to communicate their desire to fight poverty and to hold their governments and leaders accountable for promises to end poverty by 2015.

The purpose of this action is to raise awareness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to publicly demonstrate to policy makers the growing global support for the achievement of the MDGs and for the strengthening of development policies in both Northern and Southern countries.

STAND UP is a mobilization initiative designed to coincide with global mobilizations around the International Day of Poverty Eradication and the White Band Day of the Global Call to Action against Poverty. It relies fully on citizen participation in that it mobilizes all individuals, everywhere, to take part in local, group events around the world through which they use their bodies (rather than their voices) as concrete symbols of MDG advocacy.

To ensure the inclusion of those not physically able to stand up, a symbolic act of raising a hand, wearing a white band (the symbol of the global fightagainst poverty), or holding up a banner with the “Stand Up Against Poverty”message will also be counted.

Find out how you can join an existing event in your area or organize your own Stand Up events. (Read all the rest on worldvolunteerweb.org).

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