Stating today and for the next two days, 16-18 October 2009, people around the world will take action in pushing for the eradication of poverty.
This 3-day global mobilization aims to send a loud and clear message from citizens to leaders of rich and poor countries to take urgent action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It also aims to once again break the Guinness World Record for having the largest number of people participating in a single event.
The MDGs are a set of eight time-bound, concrete and specific targets aimed at significantly reducing, if not decisively eradicating extreme poverty by 2015. They are embodied in the Millennium Declaration of 2000, which were signed by 189 world leaders from around the globe, including the Philippines.
The eight MDGs are:
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Achieve universal primary education.
Promote gender equality and empower women.
Reduce child mortality.
Improve maternal health.
Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
Ensure environmental sustainability.
Develop a global partnership for development.
This year, Stand Up will take place against the backdrop of a deepening financial crisis and a slowing global economy. Much closer to home and only recently, we were devastated by the wrath of Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng that not only showed to us the unparalled strength of nature but also the lackadaisical and almost criminal (in)action of our government towards poorly planned urban-rural development and unconscionable abuse of our natural ecosystem.
It is a time of great challenge for development in general and the MDGs in particular. Already we are seeing the potentially devastating impact on this on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. We know that the current economic climate threatens to undo and possibly even reverse the very significant gains that have been made towards achieving the MDGs.
With just six years left to the 2015 deadline for the achievement of the Goals, we cannot afford to let this happen. The achievement of the MDGs must remain a priority on the global political and public agenda. Through Stand United, we will convey the urgency of meeting the MDGs and end extreme poverty by 2015.
Watch this 2009 video on why you should vote for MDG.