Stand_Up_2010_Donbas_Arena_Donetsk20 September, 2010, Kyiv: The fourth annual Global United Nations Campaign “Stand Up Against Poverty. Make Noise for MDGs!” took place in Ukraine on 17-19 September. More than 40,000 people in Kyiv, Donetsk, Lviv, Zaporizhzhya and Simferopol symbolically stood up and made noise to support the global movement against poverty, to remind world leaders, including representatives of Ukraine, about their promises to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.Stand_Up_2010_Donbas_Arena_Donetsk20 September, 2010, Kyiv: The fourth annual Global United Nations Campaign “Stand Up Against Poverty. Make Noise for MDGs!” took place in Ukraine on 17-19 September. More than 40,000 people in Kyiv, Donetsk, Lviv, Zaporizhzhya and Simferopol symbolically stood up and made noise to support the global movement against poverty, to remind world leaders, including representatives of Ukraine, about their promises to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

Stand_Up_2010_Donbas_Arena_Donetsk20 September, 2010, Kyiv: The fourth annual Global United Nations Campaign “Stand Up Against Poverty. Make Noise for MDGs!” took place in Ukraine on 17-19 September. More than 40,000 people in Kyiv, Donetsk, Lviv, Zaporizhzhya and Simferopol symbolically stood up and made noise to support the global movement against poverty, to remind world leaders, including representatives of Ukraine, about their promises to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

The slogan of this year’s campaign “Stand Up, Take Action, Make Noise for the MDGs” is intended to remind the world leaders who will gather in Millennium Development Goals UN Summit in New York on 20 -22 September about the commitment they made ten years ago. In 2000, building upon a decade of major United Nations conferences and summits, world leaders came together at United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets - with a deadline of 2015 - that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals. The goals include eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates, fighting disease epidemics such as AIDS, and developing a global partnership for development.

“In the recent Millennium Development Goals Report UN Secretary – General Ban Ki-moon made a clear statement that with only five years until the deadline by which world leaders have promised to eradicate extreme poverty and its root causes, the active partnership of citizens and governments is more important than ever. Despite economic and financial crisis, timely MDGs achievement is real under the circumstance that all countries will line up to their promises,” – said Victoria Andrievska, UN Communications Officer in Ukraine “I hope all those attending matches in Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, Lviv and Simferopol had a most enjoyable and rewarding evening,” concluded Victoria, “knowing their presence will contribute to solutions that can make a real difference in peoples’ lives.”

Yevgen Kozlov, a volunteer at the Stand Up event in Donetsk, believes that despite improving living standards in Ukraine, poverty issues remain acute for Ukraine. Moreover, he believes, it is very important for Ukraine to remember about less developed countries and contribute to their advancement as much as possible. “First of all, world leaders should adhere to the given commitments in 2000. And apart from the declarations, take concrete actions. In this regard private sector engagement in resolving social issues is vital - corporate social responsibility needs to be enhanced and promoted”, - added Yevgen.

Photo reprt of the events is available here.

On September 17 - 19, 2010 millions of people worldwide physically and symbolically stood up and demanded their governments keep their promise to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. They called on political leaders to deliver more and better aid to the poorest nations, implement fairer trade conditions, cancel debt, ensure gender equality. Events were taking place in over 100 countries. These events ranged from major rallies and concerts to gatherings in school assemblies, town halls and refugee camps.

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About MDGs: In September 2000, the largest-ever gathering of world leaders from 192 countries ushered in the new millennium by adopting the Millennium Declaration. Ukraine also took the responsibility of reaching the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The global MDGs were adapted to the Ukrainian context taking into consideration the particularities of the country`s development. They were translated into 6 priority areas:

•Goal 1: Reduce poverty
•Goal 2: Increase access to quality life-long education
•Goal 3: Ensure sustainable environmental development
•Goal 4: Improve maternal health and reduce child mortality
•Goal 5: Reduce and slow down the spread of HIV/AIDS and TB
•Goal 6: Ensure gender equality

Organizers and partners: UN Office in Ukraine, Ukrainian Professional Football Clubs Association "Premier-Liga", UNV Programme in Ukraine, Zaporizhzhya National University, FC "Shakhtar", FC "Karpaty", FC "Metalurg", FC "Sevastopol".

UN System in Ukraine presented in Ukraine since 1992 and includes 13 agencies: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations International Children`s Fund (UNICEF) , the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Also active are UN related organizations, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) www.un.org.ua.

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More information:
Olena Sadovnik
Communication Associate
UN Office in Ukraine
olena.sadovnik@un.org.ua
tel.: +38 (044) 254 00 35