For the second year in a row, the Philippines sent the loudest voice worldwide in calling for an end to extreme poverty, with 36.1 million Filipinos participating in various events during the three-day global Stand Up, Take Action Against Poverty campaign of the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) last Oct. 16 to 18.
The country first broke world record in having the most number of people taking action to end poverty last year when 35.2 million Filipinos took part in the annual event. As with this year’s numbers, this was validated by SGV & Co. Ernst and Young and registered in the Guinness World Records. The mobilization was organized globally by the United Nations Millennium Campaign, and locally organized by the United Nations system in the Philippines in partnership with a wide range of organizations such as the Department of Education (DepED), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), World Vision, Social Watch, Campaigns and Grey, and Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), to name a few.
The Stand Up, Take Action Against Poverty Campaign is a global mobilization of people to remind world leaders to deliver on their promise to end poverty by 2015 by achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This year, the Philippines adopted the theme Stand United, Fight Poverty to underscore the importance of working together to achieve a common goal.
The MDGs are a set of eight time-bound, concrete and specific targets aimed at significantly reducing, if not eradicating extreme poverty by 2015. While the Philippines is progressing well in its bid to achieve most of the MDGs, current trending shows that targets to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS will least likely be achieved.
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