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PIA Press Release
2007/10/14

3-M Filipinos to "stand out and speak out" vs poverty

Quezon City (14 October) -- The Philippines is ready to set a Guinness world record for the most number of people standing up against poverty for the second year in a row.

The United Nations, together with its partners, is set to mobilize three million Filipinos to stand up against poverty in this year's "Stand Up, Speak Out Campaign," a worldwide UN anti-poverty campaign promoting the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Philippine theme for the campaign is "Kumilos, Manindigan! Labanan ang Kahirapan!"

Working with the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), All Together in Dignity Fourth World (ATD), and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), three separate events will be held throughout Metro Manila on Wednesday (October 17) -- the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty to be held at the Open Air Auditorium, Rizal Park (7a.m. - 12n.n.); Anti-Poverty Fair at the Quezon City Elliptical Circle (9a.m. - 5p.m.); and the Millennium Development Goals Youth Concert (6p.m. - 8p.m.) at the Market, Market.

Last year's Stand Up Against Poverty Campaign holds the official record title in the Guinness Book of World Records for 24 million people to stand up against poverty in 24 hours from 87 countries.

The Philippines ranked third in the Asia–Pacific region with 2.4 million Filipinos joining the campaign, after India (nine million), and Nepal (over three million).

Filipinos who will not be able to join the central events in Metro Manila can organize their own Stand Up events in school and in their respective communities.

All participants must enroll their Stand Up event before October 17 at millenniumcampaign.ph@undp.org.

On October 17, from 5a.m. to 12 midnight the actual number and names of participants must be sent to the same e-mail address for inclusion at the worldwide tally.

Through the Stand Up Campaign, the United Nations continuously reminds governments and leaders of the promises they've made to achieve the MDGs, most especially poverty reduction.

The Philippines is one of the 191 states who signed the Millennium Declaration, which embodies commitments to achieve the MDGs, a set of time-bound and measurable targets for combating poverty, hunger, disease, environmental degradation and discrimination 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 a global partnership for development. (PNA) (PIA) [top]

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