Over 38.7 million people in 110 countries have broken the Guinness World Record – set last year at 23.5 million – for the largest number of people to “STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY” in 24 hours. From 9pm GMT on the 16th of October people around the world from all walks of life came together in their schools, streets, market places, in front of government buildings and local councils, in workplaces and houses of worship, at sports and cultural events and at public landmarks to demonstrate their frustration that we still live in a world where 50,000 people die daily from preventable causes. The largest numbers of people who took part in this mobilisation came from developing countries.
United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, who led a stand up action at UN Headquarters in New York, said “Today tens of millions of people are making their voices heard by standing up and speaking out against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals. They are sending messages that call on their leaders to keep their promises. They are calling for the actions of citizens to be matched by the actions of Governments, in developing and developed countries alike, to demonstrate the political will required to end the scourge of poverty once and for all.”
The Borgen Project was a part of the 38 million participants, and is taking the issues to Washington, D.C. in early 2008. Check back often for updates and ways to be involved in this global phenomeon.
*Official Press Release from: http://www.standagainstpoverty.org/