ONE and igKnite make Noise for the Millennium Development Goals

Photo credit Alessandra Villaamil

Photo credit Alessandra Villaamil

Photo credit Alessandra Villaamil

By Alessandra Villaamil

Earlier this season, countries around the world stood up and made noise for the Millennium Development Goals, including eradicating world hunger, improving maternal health and universal education by 2015. The Knight Center for International Media’s student group, igKnite partnered with ONE to engage the University campus in the world-wide movement also.

ONE is a non-partisan campaign fighting against extreme poverty and preventable global diseases.

The event on Sept. 14 and 15 consisted of a Stand UP moment and pledge reading. The movement was adapted this year to take into account the MDG Review Summit that took place September 20-22 in New York.

“Our common interest in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals has fostered an active partnership with ONE and we are happy to be hosting this again,” says Eric Hurley, igKnite student member, who organized this year’s event and was introduced to ONE last year.

“In less than a year, ONE signed up more than two million members and create a powerful grassroots political force in support of better policies for combating poverty,” adds ONE Congressional District Leader Alix Gordon. Gordon is also the District Chair of CARE, a humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.

In September 2000, 189 world leaders adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as part of the Millennium Declaration, agreed to at the United Nations Millennium Summit. Six years later, the first Stand Up Against Poverty event was created to raise awareness and to demand that world leaders end poverty and achieve the MDGs.

This year, a total of 1,328 events were registered in 74 countries. Five events were officially registered in Florida. “The MDGs offer us a roadmap to end poverty and its root causes. ONE has supported the MDG's and the annual Stand Up event since inception,” Gordon says. In 2009, 173 million people across the globe participated in the Stand Up holding thousands of events, she adds. The 2009 event was recorded as the largest worldwide action in history in the Guinness Book of World Records.

“The issues are human and we feel we can directly affect them by donating our time” says Hurley. “Stand UP reflects something universal, the deep sympathy of being a person. The organizations represented all encourage you to give your time to those in need because you are lucky enough that you can.”