Girl Guides and Girl Scouts helped to break record at Stand up events

23 October 2009

A Guinness World Record was shattered when 173,045,325 citizens gathered at over 3,000 events in more than 120 countries from 16 to 18 October, demanding that their governments eradicate extreme poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now!” has been certified by Guinness World Records as the largest mobilization of human beings in recorded history, an increase of about 57 million people over last year.

We have seen citizens determined to show their governments that they will hold them accountable for keeping their promises to end hunger, improve maternal health and abolish trade‐distorting agricultural subsidies. They will not accept excuses for breaking promises to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, who have already been hardest hit by the global food, economic and climate crises they had no role in causing.

Salil Shetty, Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign
Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world participated in the Stand Up campaign in a variety of ways.

South Dakota (USA)

Approximately 70 Girl Scouts from Black Hawk, South Dakota (USA), participated in the event held at their elementary school. The Girl Scouts made posters which were hung in the school hallways, decorated food collection boxes, distributed flyers, made a display about world hunger and invited all students in the school to participate by bringing food donations to school. A total of 291 food items were collected and then donated to the local food pantry.

The Girl Scouts names were put in a drawing with five being selected as the winners of the T-shirts donated by WAGGGS. They are planning to continue our world hunger project by participating in World Thinking Day events in February.  


In a show of solidarity to fight poverty, Girl Guides of Sudan stood up on World Food Day. They celebrated the day by sending solidarity messages, drawing pictures and hold lectures on the issue. Each participant made a commitment to deliver the message to at least five people.

The photos show an orphan Girl Guide troop standing up and joining hands to reduce poverty in Khartoum.


The leaders of Girl Scouts of Japanand USA Girl Scouts Overseas-West Pacific living in Okinawa had a meeting on 18 October and participated in the "Stand Up" campaign. The 65 leaders are also planning an event for World Thinking Day on 13 February 2010.

Our Chalet

From 15 to 17 October, the staff team of Our Chalet organized a workshop on global food and poverty issues, an educational trip to the UN in Geneva with an afternoon group challenge and follow up activities the next day.

The aim of the event was to mark World Food Day and the Stand Up Against Poverty campaign by educating participants on global food and poverty-related issues so as to enable them to make a personal commitment to help eradicate poverty and hunger.

This event marked the beginning of preparations for World Thinking Day 2010.


The Girl Guides of Crescent Model School made posters related to poverty and how to end it. The Girl Guides of five schools organized a food day where they learned to make sandwiches and kababs.

The Senior Guides of Pakistan Homeopathic Medical College organized fundraising and bought food for 50 persons to show that they Stand Up Against Poverty. The food was then distributed to the needy people living in the area around the college.

Girl Guides of Abu Dhabi (UAE)

With the support and patronage of HH Sheikha Fatima bent Mubarak, the First Leader and the Honorary President of the Girl Guides Association of Emirates, the Girl Guides of Abu Dhabi launched a humanitarian campaign to fight poverty and hunger on the occasion of World Food Day on 16 October 2009. They allocated revenues generated from the programmes and projects they carried out to support the needy people in their area.  


The Mpanazava Eto Madagasikara organized a three-days activity to mark the Stand Up Against Poverty celebrations in Madagascar.

On 16 October, the official opening ceremony took place at the commune of Ambalavao. The UN Coordinator Resident, Peter Metcalf and the UNDP Assistant Resident Representative, Corneille Agossou came to honor the ceremony during which the UN offered a computer to the town hall and toolkits for the students. The Mayor in his speech expressed his gratefulness for having been chosen as the host of the event.

Then the officials and high personalities visited the various stands and exhibitions on the topics of Poverty, Healthy Food, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and on Reproductive Health that the UNIC Antananarivo and the Mpanazava Eto Madagasikara had prepared. There were also basketball and football matches.

On 17 October at the JJ Rabearivelo High School, there was a film shown, followed by a debate. The film was a UNICEF Madagascar production about the misery of a very young but married Malagasy woman living in the South.

Keep sending us your Stand Up stories and photos about what you did on 16 October to  


Members of the Wieng PaPao Girl Guides, Sub-northern training centre, Chiang Rai in Thailand knitted saucers, bags, pencil bags and used the sewing machine to make stationary bags and purses. They also grow banana trees and learn how to make Thai sweet. All activities are teaching members how to make food by themselves and to earn some extra money to stop poverty and famine.

Another 15 girls planted trees to create awareness of the need for developing countries to phase out the consumption and production of various chemicals.

About the campaign

The UN Millennium Campaign was established by the UN Secretary General in 2002. The Campaign supports citizens’ efforts to hold their governments to account for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The Millennium Development Goals were adopted by 189 world leaders from rich and poor countries, as part of the Millennium Declaration which was signed in 2000. These leaders agreed to achieve the Goals by 2015.

For more information about the campaign, please visit

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Izzy - 6 November 2009 - 5.55PM (GMT)

I think this is a great thing! I'll tell my leader!

ony (madagascar) - 10 December 2009 - 5.21AM (GMT)

it's really show that TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE OUR WORLD - 28 January 2010 - 10.24AM (GMT)

i like the efforts these girls,who participate in these events.

Jewel Hills - 28 February 2010 - 4.14AM (GMT)

It is great to see the efforts of these girls!
I hope that the Girl Guides Association of Trinidad and Tobago can get on board and join the campaign because
"together we can end extreme hunger an poverty".

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