From October 16 to 18, millions of people around the world will unite to show global solidarity, break a world record for the largest coordinated mobilization of civil society, and demand leaders live up to their commitments to meet and exceed the Millennium Development Goals ( MDGs
), adopted by 189 world leaders as part of the Millennium Declaration at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000.
Offering a roadmap to end poverty and its root causes, the eight MDGs include:
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDs, malaria, and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development
With just six years left to the 2015 deadline, no region is on track to achieve their goals. We must make the MDGs an urgent priority and “Stand Up, Take Action” is a vital opportunity to send a clear message to world leaders to deliver on the promise made to the world’s people to end poverty and usher in a new era of equality, health, and prosperity.
Last year, 116 million people stood up and took action to end poverty and help achieve these goals – breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest mobilization around a single cause in recorded history.
This year, for the fourth year in a row, even more people will stand up and take action to demand that world leaders end poverty and achieve the MDGs. The more people that stand up, the more governments will see that citizens care, and the more likely they will be to take action.
There are many ways for teachers, students, and entire schools to join the movement. The Make Poverty History campaign has produced a “Stand Up, Take Action” toolkit
, with a section dedicated to participation within high schools and universities.
To learn more about Stand Up, Take Action, visit the campaign website