UN in Nepal puts spotlight on poverty with Guinness World Record Attempt UN in Nepal puts spotlight on poverty with Guinness World Record Attempt
16 October, 2006 Kathmandu - More than a hundred people 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, Matthew Kahane, read a pledge against poverty: 'We stand here proudly as members of the generation that intends to defeat extreme poverty, the greatest challenge of our time,' he said.
Along with those in Nepal, 15-20 million people in Asia alone are expected to participate in STAND UP events all over the region today. In Indonesia students affected by the tsunami will stand, while India's leading yoga and ayurveda educator, Swami Ramdev, will initiate STAND UP events across his 20,000 Yoga Training Centers in India.
'We STAND UP because we are asking not for charity but justice. We know that in our names world leaders have already made promises to bring an end to extreme poverty. These promises are called the Millennium Development Goals,' Mr. Kahane said.
Tomorrow (October 17) the United Nations Development Programme in Nepal and the National Planning Commission will present a new assessment detailing what it will take for Nepal to reach the Millennium Development Goals MDGs by 2015. The presentation will be made at Singha Durbar.
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Note to editors:
For more information about the Stand-up Campaign: www.standagainstpoverty.org/
- The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted by 189 countries in 2000. The eight goals commit rich and poor countries to work together to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, ensure all boys and girls complete primary school, promote gender equality, improve the health of mothers and children, reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, protect the environment, and create a global partnership for development by ensuring rich countries give more and better aid, debt relief and trade opportunities to poorer countries.
- The official time for the Guinness World Record attempt runs from 10.00am (GMT) October 15 to 10.00am (GMT) October 16. The entry of the Guinness World Record into the official record book will be for 'The greatest number of people to stand up for a given cause, at multiple locations, within 24 hours'.
For further information please contact: Lisa Hiller (+977-1 5523200 ext: 1060, mob: +977 98510 12133), or Sangita Khadka (+977-1 5523200 ext: 1077, mob: +977 98510 81114).