Anti-Poverty Campaign Breaks Guinness Book of World Records

Posted on 19 October 2007. Filed under: Poverty |

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New York 18/10/07: Over 38.8 million people, in 110 countries have broken the Guinness World Record – set last year at 23.5 million – for the largest number of people to “STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY” in 24 hours. (*Final count currently in progress).

The “Stand Up and Speak Out” record attempt took place over 16th and 17th October and was jointly organised by the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) with a wide range of other partners. The challenge saw millions of people physically and intentionally standing up against poverty, inequality and in support of the Millennium Development Goals. They spoke out to demand a more urgent political response to the growing crisis of global poverty.

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United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, who led a stand up action at UN Headquarters in New York, said “Today tens of millions of people are making their voices heard by standing up and speaking out against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals. They are sending messages that call on their leaders to keep their promises. They are calling for the actions of citizens to be matched by the actions of Governments, in developing and developed countries alike, to demonstrate the political will required to end the scourge of poverty once and for all.”

For 24 hours from 9pm GMT on the 16th of October people around the world from all walks of life came together in their schools, streets, market places, in front of government buildings and local councils, in workplaces and houses of worship, at sports and cultural events and at public landmarks to demonstrate their frustration that we still live in a world where 50,000 people die daily from preventable causes. The mass mobilisation provided a platform for global civil society seeking more active involvement in the current aid architecture debate, debt cancellation processes, trade negotiations and public accountability monitoring. The largest numbers of people who took part in this mobilisation came from developing countries.

Kumi Naidoo, Chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty said: “The confirmation of the new Guinness record coupled with the political dimension to this year’s action, tells us we are a growing movement of people holding our leaders to account for tackling global poverty and inequality. The impressive efforts of our brothers and sisters in developing countries through new lobbying actions like delegations to politicians on this date, shows the poor are watching how resources are allocated and want to have a say how policies are made. It now falls on rich countries to fulfil their side of the bargain too.”

The UN Millennium Campaign’s Executive Coordinator Eveline Herfkens said:
“Together we have broken the incredible record for the largest number of people standing up to demand action on poverty. But the record we really want to break is the world’s record of breaking promises and ignoring the poor. We don’t want to record numbers of people dying of poverty every year. This is the great issue of our times, let us become great by dealing with it decisively.”

‘Stand Up’ regional overview of World record numbers:

Africa: 7,473,057
Arab Region: 2,546,885
Asia: 27,612,061
Europe: 218,604
Latin America & Caribbean: 734,185
North America: 109,828
Oceania: 117,333

For further details and country breakdowns please visit www.standgagainstpoverty.org/press

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this is amazing! thank you for the posting! keep it up! what are your thoughts on the upcoming election? i came across this on youtube

Anon. Thanks for dropping by. Elections will be too close to call and could go either way. Personally, I am putting my money on ODM.

A million Kenyans in anti-poverty drive

http://www.nationmedia.com/dailynation/nmgcontententry.asp?category_id=1&newsid=108853

Story by SATURDAY NATION Reporter
Publication Date: 10/20/2007

It is official. Over one million Kenyans participated in this year’s Stand Up and Speak Out against poverty campaign on Wednesday.

They were among over 38 million people in 110 countries who broke the Guinness World Record set last year.

Last year, 23.5 million participated and set a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of people who stood up against poverty.

The campaign is an initiative of the United Nations Millennium Campaign in partnership with the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP).

GCAP is a growing alliance of trade unions, community groups, faith groups, women and youth organisations, NGOs, media individuals, networks and other campaigners working together across more than 100 national platforms.

Support MDGs

The challenge saw millions of people physically and intentionally standing up against poverty, inequality and in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

They all spoke out to demand a more urgent political response to the growing global poverty.

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, who led the campaign at UN headquarters in New York said: “Today tens of millions of people are making their voices heard by standing up and speaking out against poverty and for the MDGs. They are sending messages that call on their leaders to keep their promises. They are calling for the actions of citizens to be matched by the actions of governments, in developing and developed countries alike, to demonstrate the political will required to end the scourge of poverty once and for all.”

In Kenya, the day was marked with music, speeches, and moments of silence. One of the events was at Nairobi’s Korogocho slum.

A series of other activities were organised a cross the country involving different institutions.

The Nation Media Group staff observed a one-minute stand-up outside Nation Centre.

Other institutions that joined the campaign include Equity Bank and the Kenya Prisons.

At Thika Women Prisons, the officer in charge, Ms Fairban Ombeva, led the prisoners in the stand-up exercise while her deputy Elizabeth Mberia read the stand-up pledge.

Ms Ombeva marked the day by introducing more activities meant to reduce poverty, which included a boost to poultry farming project.

Speak-out pledge

In Korogocho, Sylvia Mwichuli, a United Nations Development Programme communications coordinator for Africa led those that gathered in reciting the stand-up and speak-out pledge.

Local artistes Erick Wainana, Ras Luigi, Gidi Gidi, Wisdom Brothers together with Muungano Choir and the Kenya Prisons Band participated in the campaign.

And yesterday, GCAP Kenya national coordinator Mwangi Waituru said poverty and inequality levels in Kenya represent the most gross violation of human rights.

Mr Waituru said main cause poverty could be resolved.

And Dr Tajudeen Abdul, deputy director UN Millennium campaign said now the campaigners need to consolidate their demand for pro-poor development models and keep standing and speaking for people’s participation in economic growth.


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