UN in Nepal puts spotlight on poverty with Guinness World Record Attempt
More than three hundred people including school children and disabled gathered at the United Nations office in Kathmandu this morning to remind world leaders about their commitment to end extreme poverty by 2015, and to join millions of people around the world attempt to set an official Guinness World Record for the most number of people to STAND UP Against Poverty.
People gathered at the United Nations Office in Nepal were invited to literally STAND UP while UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Robert Piper, read a pledge against poverty: “We are standing because we refuse to accept more excuses in a world where 50,000 people die every day as a result of extreme poverty and the gap between the rich and poor is getting wider”, he said.
Last year, the event set a Guinness World Record, with nearly 44 million people from 127 countries standing up. Beginning today until the 19th of October, more than 67 million people are expected to mobilize under the slogan ‘Stand Up Take Action’ at events around the globe to demand that world leaders do not use the financial crisis as an excuse for breaking the promises they made in 2000 to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Along with those in Nepal, over 20 million people in Asia alone are expected to participate in STAND UP events all over the region today.
For more information about the Stand-up Campaign: www.endpoverty2015.org