Volume 15, Number 5
October 21, 2008

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100 Million in 100 Countries:
A Record Number Stood Up Against Poverty!


This year, between October 17 and 19, over 100 million people in over 100 countries stood up against poverty within the framework of "The UN Millennium Development Goals" to push their governments to provide better support, debt cancellation, education for all boys and girls, health care, and trade justice; to ensure environmental sustainability, gender equality and public responsibility; and to demand that world leaders keep their promises about ending poverty.

Bilkent University took part in the "Stand Up Against Poverty" campaign on October 17, at 12:30 p.m., in front of the Speed Fast-Food Restaurant. The event was supported by UNA-TR Youth Section, MEC, TOG Bilkent, IRAREC, Model United Nations Bilkent (MUN), Mühendislik Topluluğu and Siyaset Platformu Kulübü in order to press an agenda of making poverty history by focusing on reminding world leaders' of their responsibilities.

In 2007, over 43 million people stood up for these goals, and this year, with the contribution of even more people, the campaign set a new world record and secured a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

It was an effective campaign that hopefully helped those who struggle with poverty feel more optimistic. It also showed that there are still people concerned with the world and who wish to take steps towards creating a better society. Bilkent University played a small role, but when added to the whole, the effect is huge.

Ada Çakar (IR/III) & Damla Hasergin (IR/III)

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