The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Today, a students’ action “Stand Up Against Poverty” was held at the large assembly hall of the International Institute of Labor and Social Relations (IILSR) under support of the UN Office in Belarus. The action was arranged on the eve of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty under the annual “Stand Up. Take Action. End Poverty Now/UN Millennium" Campaign.

Today, a students’ action “Stand Up Against Poverty” was held at the large assembly hall of the International Institute of Labor and Social Relations (IILSR) under support of the UN Office in Belarus. The action was arranged on the eve of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty under the annual “Stand Up. Take Action. End Poverty Now/UN Millennium" Campaign.

More than 300 people participated in the action. Students of different universities united their efforts to draw public attention to the global challenge of poverty. “Almost one billion people in the world live on less than one US dollar a day despite today’s unprecedented global prosperity. The world has enough money, resources and technologies to end poverty once and for all”, said UN Coordinator/UNDP Representative in Belarus Antonius Broek in his welcoming statement.

The action featured summing up the results of the students’ creative contests on the topic “Stand Up. Take Action. End Poverty Now”, and rewarding the winners. The action guests and participants visited a thematic photo exhibition arranged in the lobby of the Institute.

About the Campaigns:

The UN Millennium Campaign was established by the UN Secretary General in 2002. The Campaign supports citizens’ efforts to hold their governments to account for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.  The Millennium Development Goals were adopted by 189 world leaders from rich and poor countries, as part of the Millennium Declaration which was signed in 2000. These leaders agreed to achieve the Goals by 2015. Our premise is simple: we are the first generation that can end poverty and we refuse to miss this opportunity. For more information, visit www.endpoverty2015.org.

The Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) is a civil society alliance of social movements, international NGOs, trade unions, community groups, women’s organizations, faith and youth groups, local associations and campaigners working together across more than 100 national coalitions/platforms. GCAP is calling for action from the world’s leaders to meet their promises to end poverty and inequality. In particular, GCAP demands solutions that address the issues of public accountability, just governance and the fulfillment of human rights; trade justice; more and better aid; debt cancellation; climate justice; peace and security as well as gender equality and women’s rights. For more information, visit www.whiteband.org.

 

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