17 September 2010
During the Stand Up
Over 3,000 people stood up against poverty at the “Stand Up Take Action” campaign event held in the capital city of Bujumbura, Burundi on 17 October 2010. The participants made the pledge in one voice displaying their commitment to the eradication of extreme poverty and its root causes and demanded their leaders to act now.
The event, co-organized the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Bujumbura with the Ministry of Planning and Communal Development, the National University of Burundi and UNDP was held in the context of a basketball friendly match which opposed the National University and the Tanganyika Lake University (a private University in Bujumbura) students’ teams. Also in the mid term of the game, UNIC Bujumbura arranged the interpretation of the “8 goals for Africa” song performed by four local eminent musicians.
The UNIC National Information Officer was the Master of the ceremony. She made the welcome remarks and introduced all the steps of the event. The Minister of Planning and Communal Development who led the ministerial delegation made a speech on behalf of the government in which he emphasized on the Stand Up global Campaign and the progress of Burundi in the achievement of the MDGs. At the end of his speech, he invited the attendance to stand up for two minutes and say “No to Poverty”. The UN System was represented at the ceremony by the UNDP Country Director.
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