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Largest Stand Up gathering at Indore: UN

UNITED NATIONS has recognised the State?s effort to gather the largest number of people on October 15-16 to take the pledge to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2006 17:03 IST

UNITED NATIONS has recognised the State’s effort to gather the largest number of people on October 15-16 to take the pledge to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.

A UN official release issued here on Wednesday said that Madhya Pradesh has topped the Guinness World Record for Stand Up Against Poverty campaign with Indore raising the single largest gathering of 55,000 people.

Over 23 million people world-over participated in the Stand Up Campaign on October 15-16, 2006, of which 9.7 million were from Madhya Pradesh. “And more than one-third of 9.7 million people assembled in Indore alone. It was the single largest gathering at one place in the world during 24-hour period,” UN Millennium Campaign Communications Coordinator (South Asia) Ajit Sahi told Hindustan Times over phone from New Delhi.

He said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan would be invited to UN headquarters in New York next month to deliberate on greater cooperation between the State Government and UNO in achievement of the millennium targets and to make the government accountable for it.

New York-based UN Campaign Director Salil Shetty, at a recent press conference, had said that remarkable turnout of the people in Madhya Pradesh reflects their enormous interest and support for millennium development goals.

While India led in raising the largest gathering during 24 hours for taking a pledge to fight poverty, hunger and diseases like AIDS, other top rankers included Nepal with 3.1 million, Philippines with 2.4 million and Pakistan with 2.2 million.