24 Hours of Action Starting Today

    Millions Expected to 'Stand Up And Speak Out' on the International Day
    for Eradication of Poverty

    Online Press Conference on 18th October at 13.00 GMT

    NEW YORK, Oct. 15 /CNW/ -- On Tuesday October 16th, at 9:00 p.m. GMT,
millions of people from all over the world are expected to begin mobilizing in
the largest ever call to action against poverty and inequality and in support
of the Millennium Development Goals.
    The mobilization will continue for 24 hours and hundreds of events will
mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
    The actions are organised by the UN Millennium Campaign, the Global Call
to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) alliance and a wide range of partners around
the world. "Stand Up and Speak Out" calls on ordinary people to show courage
and demand a more urgent political response to the growing crisis of global
poverty and to demand that world leaders meet and exceed their commitments to
the Millennium Development Goals.
    The events will be verified by Guinness World Records to compare with the
23.5 million who took part last year.

    Information available at www.standagainstpoverty.org

    Events include:
    INDIA -- a march of 20,000 Dalits in Madhya Pradesh, Indian's first
female President Pratibha Patil holds a poverty-focus meeting with women from
20 states, his holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living Foundation
will mobilize millions globally and at his ashram in Bangalore, and renowned
yoga guru Swami Ramdev is also leading millions of his followers.
    KENYA -- 25,000 schools and 93 prisons will take a stand and speak out
against poverty. The People's Parliament in Nairobi is hosting discussions
about how poverty and debt affect Kenyans.
    PALESTINE -- 1 million Palestinian children in public and private
schools, as well as UNWRA schools throughout the West Bank and Gaza, are
calling for faster action to end poverty. Also, the Poverty Requiem" will be
performed in Ramallah, free healthcare is being provided in the West Bank all
week and civil society delegations have lined up high-level meetings with
    AFGHANISTAN -- a youth kite-flying event will take place in Kabul in the
morning of the 17th, followed by rallies in three cities calling for job
creation policies and an end to corruption.
    LONDON & NEW YORK -- The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will lead UN
staff and civil society in a stand up moment at UN Headquarters in New York,
while the Deputy Secretary General Dr. Asha Rose Migiro will join Kumi Naidoo
of GCAP and others at a white band wrap of City Hall in London.
    The number of people who take part will be verified by Guinness Book of
Records and announced at 14.00 GMT on October 18th.  An online press
conference will be held with UN Millennium Campaign and GCAP spokespersons.

    When: 14.00 GMT (October 18th)

    What: Join the online press conference by logging on to:

    The press conference will take the form of a live video feed and
journalists' questions will be submitted via a chat interface on the web page.
No password is necessary to join, you will need Adobe Flash Player.

For further information:

For further information: Ciara O'Sullivan, GCAP Media Coordinator,
+44-77672-46880, +34-679-594-809, ciara_os@hotmail.com; or Anand Kantaria,
Global Media Coordinator, United Nations Millennium Campaign, +1-212-906-6783
Web Site: http://www.whiteband.org http://www.endpoverty2015.org             

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