How you can take action to eradicate poverty and hunger
Stand Up and make your heart beat for the Millennium Development Goals and girls around the world!
At the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 world leaders committed to end poverty by 2015 and to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Ten years later, in September 2010, world leaders will come together once again to review progress made and agree on the way forward. With only five years to go to 2015 urgent action is needed.
This year, a special edition of the Stand Up, Take Action Against Poverty campaign has been launched. WAGGGS encourages everyone to Stand Up and Make Noise on 17- 19 September, just before leaders arrive at the UN MDG+10 Summit in New York.
But you don’t need to wait until September. You can start recording your ‘heartbeat messages’ throughout the summer. They could feature on the WAGGGS website and be presented as part of the Stand Up campaign!
One simple action can make a big difference!
We are asking all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to record their ‘heartbeat messages’ in support of the MDGs. Simply make a heartbeat rhythm or any kind of noise and record your message for the world leaders. You can do this at a summer camp, when you’re out with your friends, or just by yourself! Use your phone to take a video or record the noise you make.
Suggested message: “To beat poverty, we need less talk and more action for girls and young women! Make your heart beat for the Millennium Development Goals”
Send your recordings to email@example.com or send us photos and description of your heartbeat activity.
From the 20- 22 September, 2010, Heads of State will meet again at the United Nations headquarters to review the successes, to learn from the failures, and to discuss the launch of detailed plans to achieve the MDGs by 2015. We need to Stand Up and encourage them to keep the promises they have made to end extreme poverty.
Earn a climate change and food badge
WAGGGS and the FAO have developed a Food Security and Climate Change Challenge Badge to make young people aware of the issues of environmental protection and food security and inspire them to be an active part of solving the problems.
Learn about the right to food through a comic book!
“The Right to Food: A Window on the World” is a comic book illustrated by young people for young people. It talks about the right of every human being to be free from hunger. You can download the story book or enjoy the online interactive version.
Learn about hunger and poverty by doing the GAT badge
Combating hunger and poverty is the first UN Millennium Development Goal (MDGs). WAGGGS is encouraging its members to make a personal commitment to change the world around them through learning about the MDGs. Find out more about WAGGGS’ Global Action Theme and the GAT Badge.