Agenda: Stand Up and Speak Out: October 17th, 2007; Day of Global Mobilization Against Poverty and Inequality

    NEW YORK, Aug. 8 /CNW/ -- On October 16th and 17th, millions all over the
world will once again Stand Up and Speak Out against poverty and inequality
and in support of the Millennium Development Goals. The Stand Up Speak Out
initiative is planned to coincide with the International Day for the
Eradication of Poverty. On this day last year, 23.5 million people stood up
against poverty in a 24-hour period, setting a new Guinness World Record.
    This year, the Global Call to Action Against Poverty and the United
Nations Millennium Campaign plan to mobilize people all over the world to
break this record, urging millions more to join this growing global movement.
They will demand that their governments keep their promises to achieve the
Millennium Goals to end extreme poverty by 2015. From workers to students,
women's groups to community groups, people will call on political leaders to
deliver more and better aid to the poorest nations, implement fairer trade
conditions, cancel debt, ensure gender equality as well as greater
transparency and accountability from their governments.
    They will stand up and challenge the world record
    Events are being planned in over 100 countries. These will range from
major rallies and concerts to gatherings in school assemblies, town halls and
refugee camps. Participants will be asked to register for the Guinness
challenge in the 24-hour period from 9pm GMT on October 16th to 9pm GMT on
October 17th.
    For more information on Stand Up and Speak Out events and a video reel
from last year visit
    They will speak through music, political meetings and using banners
    A new piece of choral music, The Poverty Requiem, will be performed in a
global chain of performances in over 25 countries. Delegations will meet
politicians to present their demands to end poverty and on four continents,
International Women's Tribunals on Poverty will be held to raise awareness of
gender issues. Elsewhere, groups are making giant Banners Against Poverty with
messages for leaders and later linking these on key global mobilization dates.

    More details will be available closer to the date.

    For more information contact:
    Ciara O'Sullivan, GCAP Tel: +34 679 594 809 GCAP

    Mandy Kibel, Deputy United Nations Millennium Campaign Tel: +1 212 906 6242

For further information:

For further information: Ciara O'Sullivan of Global Call to Action
Against  Poverty, +34 679 594 809,; or Mandy Kibel of
United  Nations Millennium Campaign, +1-212-906-6242,;
Web Site:,,

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