Stand Up Against Poverty
Over 38.7 million people, in 110 countries have broken the Guinness World Record – set last year at 23.5 million - for the largest number of people to “STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY” in 24 hours.


Stand Up and Speak Out is the growing movement of people no longer prepared to stay seated or silent in the face of poverty and inequality. About 5000 Ukrainians joined world campaign against poverty on 17 October!

In Ukraine Stand Up and Speak Out events took place for the first time across the country. On 17th October in Ukraine, 4926 people in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhya, Kherson, Khmelnitsky and Slavutych, Borodyanka, Ivankiv stood up simultaneously and supported the global movement against poverty.

People united to stand up and challenge the world record. But the record we really want to break is the record of broken promises!

Report on the Stand Up and Speak Out Against Poverty in Ukraine, October 17, 2007
On October 17, 2007 STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT AGAINST POVERTY initiative was taking place for the first time in Ukraine devoted to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. In different cities of Ukraine 4926 people symbolically stood up to support the global movement against poverty and to set a new Guinness World Record. Full story...

 Stand Up against poverty. School #181, Kyiv  Students of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy against poverty  A Stand Up momentum in Kyiv  Learning more about Stand Up and Speak Out for MDGs

  Slavutych Development Community Centre Students of Kyiv Law University against poverty Students of 10 Ukrainian Universities Stood Up on 17 October

 Members of Khmelnitsky Youth Parliament  Members of Stand Up in Ukraine  Volunteers of UNESCO Club in Kyiv  Borodyanka: Mothers and children against poverty

 UN in Ukraine Head talking to media on Stand Up initiative  Stand Up momentum in Khmelnitsky  UNDP projects against poverty  UN and UNDP staff joined Stand Up

 Anastacia Herasimova from Zaporizhzhya calls for MDGs implementation   UN Resident Representative, Francis O'Donnell delivered lecture on poverty reduction   Students against poverty and inequality  Kyiv-Mohyla Academy against poverty  Dzvinka Pogoriletz: the smallest participant of Stand Up

Our Partners in Ukraine:


  • Khmelnitsky - Youth Parliament of Khmelnitsky
  • Kherson - Kherson State University
  • Zaporizhzhya - Zaporizhzhya State Engineering Academy
  • Kharkiv - Kharkiv State University of Interior Affairs
  • Kharkiv - Kharkiv State Economics University
  • Kyiv - Secondary school #181 in Kyiv
  • Kyiv - National University Kyiv Mohyla Academy
  • Kyiv - Law University of Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Borodyanka - Community Development Center
  • Slavutych - Community Development Center
  • Ivankiv - Community Development Center

Stand Up Events in 2006:

In 2006, more than 23 million people in 87 countries stood up and took action to remind world leaders of their promise. It was the largest single coordinated mobilization in the history of the Guinness World Records. Photos from 2006 campaigns:

Stand Up Events 2006 Stand Up Events 2006. PeruStand Up Events 2006. IrelandStand Up Events 2006. Scotland

(!) For more information and inquiries please contact UN Department of Public Information in Ukraine: info@undp.org.ua ; tel. +38.044.253.9363.www.standagainstpoverty.org
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