[Dateline: New York | Author: iSeek]
Starting on Friday, millions of people around the world will Stand Up Against Poverty and demand a more urgent political response to the growing crisis of global poverty and inequality.
Now in its third year, the campaign asks participants to call on world leaders to keep their commitments to the Millennium Development Goals, a major priority for the UN system as the 2015 deadline set for achieving the Goals fast approaches.
Last year, over 43.7 million people in 127 countries broke the Guinness World Record – set in 2006 at 23.5 million – for the largest number of people to “stand up against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals” in 24 hours. In 2008, organizers hope to double the number of people participating.
This year, the Stand Up initiative will take place over three days, from 17 to 19 October, regardless of the time zone.