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38.7 Million People Break Guinness World Record for Stand Up Speak Out on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Date:10/18/2007

uncils, in workplaces and houses of worship, at sports and cultural events and at public landmarks to demonstrate their frustration that we still live in a world where 50,000 people die daily from preventable causes. The mass mobilisation provided a platform for global civil society seeking more active involvement in the current aid architecture debate, debt cancellation processes, trade negotiations and public accountability monitoring. The largest numbers of people who took part in this mobilisation came from developing countries.

Kumi Naidoo, Chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty said: "The confirmation of the new Guinness record coupled with the political dimension to this year's action, tells us we are a growing movement of people holding our leaders to account for tackling global poverty and inequality. The impressive efforts of our brothers and sisters in developing countries through new lobbying actions like delegations to politicians on this date, shows the poor are watching how resources are allocated and want to have a say how policies are made. It now falls on rich countries to fulfil their side of the bargain too."

The UN Millennium Campaign's Executive Coordinator Eveline Herfkens said: "Together we have broken the incredible record for the largest number of people standing up to demand action on poverty. But the record we really want to break is the world's record of breaking promises and ignoring the poor. We don't want to record numbers of people dying of poverty every year. This is the great issue of our times, let us become great by dealing with it decisively."

'Stand Up' regional overview of World record numbers

Africa: 7,473,057

Arab Region: 2,546,885

Asia: 27,612,061

Europe: 144,931

Latin America & Caribbean: 734,105

North America: 109,828

Oceania: 117,333

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