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Report of 20087 STAND UP and SPEAK OUT event hosted by YPWC


Michael Boampong

January 7, 2009




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The STAND UP campaign is an exciting and innovative challenge which is aimed at setting a Guinness World Record for the most number of people who will STAND UP against poverty and for the UN Millennium Development Goals. The event took place within a 24-hour period from October 16th - 17th, 2007 and was designed to coincide with the Internatinal day of Poverty and White Band Day.

In 2007 over 43 million people stood up to demand that world leaders keep their promises to end poverty and inequality. In 2000, leaders of 189 countries signed the Millennium Declaration agreeing to do everything in their power to end poverty. They pledged to do this by achieving the Millennium Development Goals, a roadmap to end extreme poverty by 2015. Still every day, 50,000 people die as a result of extreme poverty and the gap between rich and poor people is increasing. Nearly half the world’s population live in poverty, 70% are women. We have the power to change this. Campaigners worldwide will STAND UP and TAKE ACTION to push their governments for more and better aid, debt cancellation, education for all boys and girls, healthcare, trade justice, gender equality and public accountability.

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Young People We Care (YPWC)

Our program works with young people in areas of Youth Migration, HIV/AIDS and the Millennium Development Goals. The YPWC Capacity Development Institute has also been helpful in equipping young people with skills and resources that will aid their advocacy work.