Stand Up for Poverty

On Friday, 17 October 2008, I took part in the Stand Up Against Poverty event, held at the UN House, in Pulchowk, Nepal.

” 17 October, 2008 Kathmandu— More than three hundred people including school children and disabled gathered at the United Nations office in Kathmandu this morning to remind world leaders about their commitment to end extreme poverty by 2015, and to join millions of people around the world attempt to set an official Guinness World Record for the most number of people to STAND UP Against Poverty. People gathered at the United Nations Office in Nepal were invited to literally STAND UP while UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Robert Piper, read a pledge against poverty: “We are standing because we refuse to accept more excuses in a world where 50,000 people die every day as a result of extreme poverty and the gap between the rich and poor is getting wider,” he said.” Read more at http://www.undp.org.np/news/latestnews.php?NewsID=1125&showNews=1

Participants gathering

School children collecting their t-shirts and balloons

Balloons released after the reading of the pledge

School children watching the balloons in the sky

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