The President of Nepal, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav (middle) read the Stand Up pledge
More than 400 people including Ministers, Constituent Assembly member, the diplomatic corp, UN Agency heads, media and civil society gathered on 16 October 2009 at the office of the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
The President, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav read the Stand Up pledge. The participants 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 UN System in adding value to the Government of Nepal's efforts in meeting the MDGs.
At another event held at the open theatre, eight Constituent Assembly members representing all parties, read the Stand Up pledge and proved that some issues are beyond and above politics.
Around 5,000 people enjoyed a musical program while urging their leaders to keep up to the promise of achieving the MDGs.