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UAE joins millions around the world in a Global call to end poverty

posted on 11/10/2007: 798 views

Hundreds and thousands of men, women and children in the UAE will join millions around the world in a Global Call to end poverty, hunger and equality.

The 'Stand Up and Speak Out' campaign set to take place on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 will involve millions in their commitment to inspiring their governments to ending poverty and inequality by the year 2015.

In the UAE, the campaign, coinciding with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, is organised by The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in association with the Art of Living (AOL) and the International Association for Human Values (IAHV).

The event has been endorsed by Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and UN Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of the International Humanitarian City (IHC).

'HRH Princess Haya is lending Her support and voice to this initiative, urging people in to stand up and take action in support of the eradication of poverty: ?Individuals around the world have a responsibility; a responsibility to stand up and speak out, to support their governments in taking concrete steps towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and people like you and me really can make a difference by taking the first step, by forging partnerships with governments and community organisations, and by urging our friends, colleagues and neighbours to take action themselves.? Says Dr Khaled Alloush, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in the UAE.

"At the halfway point towards the 2015 deadline, urgent action is needed to meet the Millennium Development Goals, and it is important that the United Nation's family plays its part in ensuring that the Goals remain high on the global political agenda. By mobilizing public awareness and support, the Stand Up initiative offers such an opportunity." The organizers expect that between a 100,000-200,000 people in UAE will join the millions in the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) while they STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT in support of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Sri Sri Ravishankar, 3 times Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of Art of Living and the International Association for Human Values, says ; 'All the nations of the world have come together and have set up eight Millennium Development Goals, and it will remain just a dream if we don't stand up and participate.” In the Millennium Declaration of 2000, world leaders committed to ending hunger, providing universal primary education, ensuring gender equality, improving child and maternal health, combating fatal diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and promoting global partnerships.

Last year, 23.5 million people stood up against poverty in a 24-hour period setting a Guinness World Record. This year, more people are expected to stand up to set a new world record.

Recently, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as a global leader in demonstration of his support for the Millennium Development Goals, announced the "Dubai Cares” initiative to promote primary education across the world, which received an overwhelming response from every strata of society in Dubai. The "Stand Up and Speak Out" campaign will further boost UAE's support to the UN Millennium Development Goals.

The organizers are planning events across all the seven emirates and will encourage people in the nation to join others in over 100 countries around the world. Corporations, governmental, non-governmental and educational institutions can commit to supporting this event by having their staff or students, STAND UP for 2 minutes on the day.

As a further expression of Dubai's support to the cause and in line with its role as a "facilitator of humanitarian efforts," the International Humanitarian City (IHC), Chaired by HRH Princess Haya, has been lending its full support to IAHV and UNDP in promoting the event and gathering volunteers to help bring the STAND UP challenge to life in the UAE.

Rugmani Prabhakar, IAHV Country Director and Country Coordinator for this event, says : "Those who wish to participate will follow the 3Rs: Register, Record and Report, since the numbers counted will go to add up to a Guinness Book Record of maximum number of people standing up around the world in support of this event. Participants will be sent an entire package describing the campaign procedures including 'white bands' for their group that will be distributed on a 'first come first serve basis'. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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