Nepal President reads the Stand-Up Pledge, putting spotlight on poverty in Nepal
16 October, 2009 Kathmandu- More than four hundred people including Ministers, Constituent Assembly members, the diplomatic corp, UN Agency heads, media and civil society gathered at Shital Niwas today, at the office of the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal where the Rt. Hon'ble President, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav read the Stand Up pledge.
Those gathered at Shital Niwas were invited to STAND UP while the President read the pledge against poverty; 'We are standing up today to express solidarity with people all over the world to fight against poverty and inequality. We want an end to poverty and inequality. We want to create a society where mothers don't die while giving birth. Children will have the right to quality education. No one will die due to diseases. Overall environment justice and sustainable development will be ensured by conservation and proper use of natural resources. The decisions made by the policy makers will not be for their personal gain but for the benefit of the poor and marginalized people as well,' he said. He further added: 'We are committed to build a just society through a new constitution. Let's all commit to achieve the millennium development goals not only for today but for every day.'
Speaking on behalf of the government of Nepal, Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada, Vice Chairperson of the National Planning Commission reiterated the government's commitment to end poverty in the country. He said that the government has taken efforts to streamline poverty alleviation in the national development planning process to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
On the same occasion, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator of the UN System in Nepal, Mr. Robert Piper, addressed the gathering and highlighted the conscientious efforts of the United Nations System in adding value to the Government of Nepal's efforts in meeting the MDGs: 'The UN Country Team from its side is working across all of the millennium development goals. This includes activities that vary from food assistance, to support for the education sector, programs to support the elimination of gender based violence, the training of birth attendants, employment and income generating projects, the distribution of anti-viral drugs, as well as support for the upgrading of small towns and slums, ' he said.
In another event in Tundikhel-the open theatre, the eight Constituent Assembly members representing all parties, read the Stand Up pledge and proved that some issues are beyond and above politics. Around 5000 people enjoyed a musical program while urging their leaders to keep up to the promise of achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
This is the fourth year that 'Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now!' mobilization is taking place from October 16th to 18th. Millions of people across the globe will call on world leaders to eradicate extreme poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Coinciding with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, this mobilization recorded participation by 116.9 million people in 2008, the majority from poor countries, breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest mobilization of human beings in recorded history.
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