End Poverty 2015 - Press Release http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/431/0 en PRESIDENT OBAMA FULFILLS HIS PROMISE TO TAKE A LEADERSHIP ROLE AT THE UN MDG REVIEW SUMMIT http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/resource/president-obama-fulfills-his-promise-take-leadership-role-un-mdg-review-summit <p align="center"><em>President Obama Presents Plan to Help Achieve the Millennium Development Goals</em></p> <p>September 22, 2010 – One year ago this week at the United Nations General Assembly, President Barack Obama declared that &ldquo;We [the United States] will support the Millennium Development Goals, and approach next year&rsquo;s Summit with a global plan to make them a reality. And we will set our sights on the eradication of extreme poverty in our time.&rdquo; That time is now and that day is today.</p> <p>Slated to speak today between 4:45 pm and 6:00 pm, President Barack Obama will address over 80 Heads of State and 30 Heads of Government at the closing session of the <strong>High-level Plenary Meeting on the MDGs (also referred to as the UN MDG Review Summit), speaking about the US&rsquo;s strategy to help achieve the MDGs by the 2015 target date. I</strong><strong>n</strong><strong> his remarks, the President will</strong> acknowledge that progress is possible when &ldquo;political leaders are committed to good governance, to pursuing economic growth, and to making investments in their citizen.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>President Obama will </strong>argue that although tremendous progress has been made over past 10 years in achieving the MDGs, and looking forward to 2015, practices must be improved. To this end, the President will announce the Administration&rsquo;s new Development Policy and discuss the new <a href="http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/mdg/USMDGStrategy.pdf" target="_blank">US&rsquo; Strategy for Meeting the MDGs</a>, an articulation of the United States Government policy to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of eight Goals that address extreme poverty and its underlying root causes. The President&rsquo;s speech is expected to focus on &ldquo;smart aid&rdquo; with an interest in strong reporting of outcomes and a greater emphasis on monitoring data from the field about the effectiveness of US programs. The speech will reveal that as part of the strategy, the United States will be more selective and focused, with deliberate choices being made about countries and programs to support. Additionally, mutual accountability between donor countries and the developing world will be also be highlighted. </p> <p>The Development Policy reflects a growing consensus in the international community that aid must go beyond only providing short-term solutions, but to also encourage governments to create policies that promote both economic stability and growth. The policy is designed to:</p> <p>·         Elevate development as a strategic, moral and economic imperative;</p> <p>·         Focus on getting the development return necessary, particularly as it pertains to promoting inclusive, sustained economic growth that transforms regions and allows countries to move away from foreign aid;</p> <p>·         Promote science and technology; and,</p> <p>·         Focus on investing in health system strengthening.</p> <p>"Today President Obama announces the US's new Development Strategy and lays out its strategy to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals, said Anita Sharma, head of the United Nations Millennium Campaign – North America. &ldquo;The UN Millennium Campaign is pleased by the Administration's recognition that combating global poverty and ensuring basic human rights for the world&rsquo;s poorest is a key foreign policy priority and looks forward to monitoring and tracking commitments to the MDGs."</p> <p><strong>Note to editors: </strong>Watch President Obama&rsquo;s speech on the <a href="http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/" target="_blank">UN Webcast Channel</a>.</p> <p><strong>Media Contact: </strong><strong><br> </strong>Leanne Rios<br> +1 202-862-6301 <br> <a href="mailto:Leanne.Rios@undp.org" target="_blank">Leanne.Rios@undp.org</a></p> <p><strong>About the UN Millennium Campaign</strong></p> <p>The UN Millennium Campaign was established by the UN Secretary General in 2002. The Campaign supports citizens&rsquo; 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 <a href="http://www.endpoverty2015.org" target="_blank">www.endpoverty2015.org</a>. </p> <p> </p> End Hunger MDGs Press Release Stand Up Take Action Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS North America Environmental Sustainability Global Partnership English Wed, 22 Sep 2010 17:17:07 +0000 chiara 1054 at http://endpoverty2015.org CITIZENS’ VOICES AGAINST POVERTY WILL CRESCENDO IN NOISES HEARD AROUND THE WORLD AS HEADS OF STATE TRAVEL TO UN SUMMIT http://endpoverty2015.org/en/press-release/resource/citizens%E2%80%99-voices-against-poverty-will-crescendo-noises-heard-around-world-heads-state-travel-un-summ <p align="justify">Citizens Will Make their Expectations that Governments Achieve the Millennium Development Goals Too Loud to Ignore at Events Across the Globe on September 17-19</p> <p align="justify">September 9, 2010 - On September 17-19, people across the globe will turn up the volume on their call for heads of state gathering at the United Nations on September 20-22 to demonstrate leadership in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).</p> <p align="justify"> Citizens will gather at events across continents to amplify their support for the eight MDGs, a set of targets to eradicate extreme poverty and its root causes by 2015 that marks its tenth anniversary this week. They will be singing, chanting, blowing whistles, playing drums, blowing vuvuzelas, banging pots and pans and setting off alarm clocks. The sounds of these noises emanating from villages, towns and cities around the world as part of the three day mobilization &ldquo;Stand Up, Take Action, Make Noise for the MDGs&rdquo; will make citizens&rsquo; commitments to track and support their countries&rsquo; achievement of the Goals visible, vocal and impossible to ignore.</p> <p align="justify"> &ldquo;The Secretary General&rsquo;s recent report on the Millennium Development Goals has made it clear 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,&rdquo; said Corinne Woods, Director of the UN Millennium Campaign. &ldquo;The citizens participating in &lsquo;Stand Up and Take Action&rsquo; on September 17-19 will make it clear to heads of state gathering at the United Nations the following week that they support and want to be a part of the realization of the Goals.&rdquo;&nbsp; </p> <p align="justify"> The mobilization will serve as a launching point for a new initiative of real-time monitoring by citizens of basic service delivery in their communities. The availability of and access to quality, reliable and consistent basic services are essential for the MDGs to be realized at the country level. The Millennium Campaign will work with governments, civil society, technology partners and the media to launch pilot citizen tracking programs in India and Kenya in 2011. </p> <p align="justify"> <strong>Note to editors:</strong><br> &ldquo;Stand Up&rdquo; events being organized across the globe include:</p> <p align="justify"> ● Concerts across Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Korea, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, and Zimbabwe, where local artists will sing their support of the MDGs. </p> <p align="justify"> ● In Jordan, 40,000 children are expected to simultaneously blow whistles in support of the MDGs, in an attempt to set a new world record.</p> <p align="justify"> ● In India, &ldquo;Stand Up&rdquo; will kick off with a film festival on September 17.</p> <p align="justify"> ● In New York City, Lincoln Plaza will be the hub of Stand Up activity on September 19, with exhibitions on promises and progress to end poverty as well as speakers and performers.</p> <p align="justify"> ●In Paris, French citizens and civil society organizations are organizing a flash mob and Stand Up moment in front of the Eiffel Tower on September 18.</p> <p align="justify"> ●In Washington, D.C. citizens will come together with local musicians, drummers and bands just two blocks from the White House, to amplify their voices in support of the MDGs.</p> <p align="justify"> •In the Philippines, various fiestas in towns and cities nationwide will be dedicated to the call for the achievement of the MDGs, including events from September 17-19 where citizens will play indigenous materials including coconuts and bamboo guitars.</p> <p align="justify"> • In Colombia, the United Nations, in partnership with the National Soccer League, will invite 30,000 spectators at one of the most important soccer matches of the season to Stand Up on September 19.</p> <p align="justify"> •In Egypt, religious leaders will give sermons calling for an end to poverty in more than 50,000 mosques and at Sunday masses in churches across the country. A national youth rally will take place on September 17 at the historic site of the Giza pyramids, entitled &ldquo;The Sphinx Stands Against Poverty.&rdquo;</p> <p align="justify"> The &ldquo;Stand Up and Take Action&rdquo; mobilization comes amidst an ongoing process of citizen engagement with their leaders in support of the MDGs. Upcoming activities include the launch of an alternate report on MDG progress in India and the Philippines on September 15; a dedicated MDG Week in the Philippines House of Representatives where citizens will launch a roadmap for poverty reduction; and a collective appeal in support of the MDGs to be presented to the government of Nepal on September 15.</p> <p align="justify"> Last year, more than 173 million people participated in &ldquo;Stand Up,&rdquo; setting a new Guinness World Record. &ldquo;Stand Up and Take Action&rdquo; is organized globally by the United Nations Millennium Campaign, in collaboration with a wide range of partners, including the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP).</p> <p align="justify"> For event listings, photos, sounds from Stand Up events and more information, visit <a href="https://webmail.undp.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=19a4150c2cb04516a4185120819584d9&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.standagainstpoverty.org" target="_blank">www.standagainstpoverty.org</a></p> <p align="justify"> <strong>Media Contact for b-roll, interviews and further information:&nbsp;</strong><strong><br> </strong>Kara Alaimo&nbsp;<br> +1 212-906-6399&nbsp;<br> kara.alaimo@undp.org</p> <p align="justify"> <strong>About the UN Millennium Campaign</strong><br> The UN Millennium Campaign was established by the UN Secretary General in 2002. The Campaign supports citizens&rsquo; efforts to hold their governments to account for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.&nbsp; 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 <a href="https://webmail.undp.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=19a4150c2cb04516a4185120819584d9&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.endpoverty2015.org" target="_blank">www.endpoverty2015.org</a>. </p> Press Release Stand Up Take Action English Thu, 09 Sep 2010 14:29:01 +0000 chiara 1020 at http://endpoverty2015.org Press Release Template http://endpoverty2015.org/en/global/resource/press-release-template <p>Press Release Template for 2009</p> <p>For Immediate Release</p> <p>Insert date you are sending press release to reporters here</p> <p>Insert exciting headline here briefly explaining your event &amp; why you&#8217;re standing up. This should be short (ten words or less) and attention grabbing, so a reporter wants to know more.</p> Global Press Release English press release template Fri, 11 Sep 2009 16:09:11 +0000 Miki 713 at http://endpoverty2015.org More Than 116 Million People – Nearly 2% of the World's Population - Stand Up Against Poverty http://endpoverty2015.org/en/press-release/resource/more-116-million-people-%E2%80%93-nearly-2-world%E2%80%99s-population-stand-against-poverty <p>World Record for Mass Mobilization Shattered</p> <p>Citizens demand that world leaders keep promises to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and end inequality</p> <p>New York, 22 October 2008 – Anti-poverty campaigners today announced that more than 116 million people – nearly two percent of the world population – mobilized at events in 131 countries on October 17-19 as part of “Stand Up and Take Action.” The mobilization, which was ratified by Guinness as breaking the world record for the biggest mass mobilization on a single issue, sends a clear message to world leaders that citizens will not stay seated while promises to end poverty remain unfulfilled. At least 5million additional people – many in Africa and Latin America&#8212; Stood Up at events not submitted before the Guinness deadline.</p> Press Release Stand Up Take Action English Guiness World Record Stand Up Take Action Wed, 22 Oct 2008 20:44:48 +0000 Miki 674 at http://endpoverty2015.org