Trivia about the “Stand Up Against Poverty” campaign of the United Nations
A million Filipinos and more to STAND UP against poverty……
For one whole day, from 6 p.m. of October 15 until 6 p.m., October 16, 2006, over one million Filipinos from different sectors of society will join millions of others worldwide in an ultimate pledge of commitment to make poverty history by 2015. Within a 24-hour period, people from all over the world will physically and symbolically stand up to communicate their desire to fight poverty. This is also expected to set an official Guinness World Record. The event is part of the UN Month celebration in 2006.
Launched in 2002 by the United Nations Millennium Campaign, STAND UP is a global advocacy effort to have the greatest number of people to ever stand up against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The campaign informs, inspires, and encourages people’s involvement and action towards the realization of the MDGs. It further supports citizen’s efforts to hold the government accountable for the millennium pledge.
The MDGs are a set of time-bound, concrete, and specific targets to combat extreme poverty and human deprivation and lay the foundations for sustainable development by 2015. These goals are: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop global partnerships for development.
The Philippine campaign dubbed Tumayo Tayo: Labanan ang Kahirapan, Tuparin ang MDGs, together with partners from government, civil society, NGOs, business sector, aims to raise awareness on the state of poverty in the country