Online Press Conference to Announce Record-Breaking Mobilization

    More Than One Percent of the People on Earth Take Action to Demand an End
to Poverty and to Tell World Leaders That Financial Crisis Is Not an Excuse to
Break Their Promises

    Millions of People Mobilized in More Than 120 Countries on October 17-19
to Demand Urgent Action by Governments to End Poverty and Achieve the
Millennium Development Goals

    WHEN: Wednesday, October 22 at 1:30 pm GMT (9:30 am in New York)

    WHAT: High-profile anti-poverty activists host an online press conference
to announce results of historic "Stand Up and Take Action" mobilization, held
on October 17-19. Campaigners will announce that more than one percent of the
people on earth Stood Against Poverty, breaking last year's Guinness World
Record of 43 million.

    Participants will discuss the results and potential impact of the mass
mobilization, including reactions from world leaders.

    Reporters will have the opportunity to ask direct questions.

    WHERE: Online. Visit and follow the link on
the homepage to access the press conference.

    Questions can be submitted in real time via Live Chat or e-mail at

    Activists on the panel will include:
    Salil Shetty, Director, UN Millennium Campaign

    Kumi Naidoo, Co-chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty; Anti
Apartheid and anti-poverty activist from South Africa

    Sylvia Borren, Co-Chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty;
Women's rights and anti-poverty activist from New Zealand/the  Netherlands

    About the Campaigns:
    The Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) is a civil society
alliance of social movements, international NGOs, trade unions, community
groups, women's organizations, faith and youth groups, local associations and
campaigners working together across more than 100 national
coalitions/platforms. For more information, visit

    The UN Millennium Campaign was established by UN Secretary General Kofi
Annan in 2002. The Campaign supports citizens' efforts to hold their
governments accountable for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.  The
Millennium Development Goals, formally adopted by 189 countries in the year
2000, are a set of eight specific goals which commit rich and poor countries
to work together to eradicate extreme poverty and its root causes. For more
information, visit


    GCAP                                     UN Millennium Campaign
    Ciara O'Sullivan                         Kara Alaimo
    + 34 679 594 809                         + 1 212-906-6399    

    /PRNewswire - Oct. 20/


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