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United Nations Millennium Campaign officially launches ‘STAND UP and TAKE ACTION 2010’

United Nations Millennium Campaign officially launches ‘STAND UP and TAKE ACTION 2010’

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United Nations Millennium Campaign officially launches ‘STAND UP and TAKE ACTION 2010’
~ Launch of UN Millennium Campaign and partner’s websitewww.noiseagainstpoverty.orgbeginning thecountdown to the Stand Up and Take Action campaign from 17-19 September 2010 on the eve of theMDG Review Summit at the UN Headquarters in New York from 20-22 September.~ Wada Na Todo Abhiyan released the report ‘A Response to the India Country Report on MillenniumDevelopment Goals’United Nations Millennium Campaign in partnership with Oxfam India, Save the Children, Wada Na TodoAbhiyan and One World South Asia, launched the India campaign of the global peoples’ mobilizationmovement “STAND UP and TAKE ACTION 2010” at the India Habitat Centre in the capital today. Presentat the occasion were Mr. Pronab Sen, Principal Adviser, Planning Commission, Ms. Nisha Agarwal, CEO,Oxfam India, Mr. Amitabh Behar, Convener, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, Mr. Thomas Chandy, CEO, Savethe Children, and Mr. Minar Pimple, Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific, UN Millennium Campaign.This was followed by a report launch by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan. The report, entitled ‘A response to theIndia Country Report on the Millennium Development Goals’, consists of views by various experts whohave been engaged with specific thematic issues related to the MDGs, in an effort to engageconstructively with the Government on the issues.Based on this year’s campaign theme, ‘MAKE A NOISE, the website – www.noiseagainstpoverty.orgwaslaunched, which includes an online petition in support of the Millennium Development Goals.Incorporating the sounds of various musical instruments, the petition is an opportunity for all stakeholdersto raise their voice in support of the MDGs.
Dr. Pronab Sen, Principal Adviser, Planning Commission 
: “I am very glad that this campaign is happening because ultimately, to be able to give substance to voice, is very important. The people outside, the political system, the beauracracy, should understand that the voices which have not so far had a chance to express themselves are NOW doing so. The media could have, but have not yet done much. With this campaign, if we can integrate the media, it will be very critical for the progress.” 
Mr. Thomas Chandy, CEO, Save the Children, said:
“The moment has come for India to act and, act decisively. Are we going to consign the unacceptably high rates of child mortality to our country’s past, or will we allow the deaths of nearly 2 million children every year to become an indelible stain,” 
Ms. Nisha Agrawal, CEO, Oxfam India, said:
"Ten years after the signing of the Millennium Declaration,India appears to be seriously off-track on a number of MDGs including those on hunger, infant mortality,maternal mortality, and women's empowerment. Urgent action will be required in the next five years--with a detailed action plan right down to the district level --on how to accelerate the implementation of policies and programs that can help to get India back on track.” 
Amitabh Behar, Convenor, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, said:
“ It is deeply saddening to see that in spite our good performance on the economic front, where we have maintained 8-10% growth rate in spite of the global melt-down, we are still struggling to save our new-borns and mothers which is indicated in the very high infant and maternal mortality rate. It is urgent that we sift through the macro aggregate statistics and focus on the poor performing states like Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhatisgarh, Bihar and U.P., where on MDGs our performance is even worse than Sub-Saharan Africa. It’s time that the Govt. Civil-Society and other actors demonstrate serious political will to achieve the MDGs and ensure life with dignity for all citizens of this country.” 
Mr. Minar Pimple, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, United Nations Millennium Campaign,
“We believe that the MDGs are achievable if there is political will at all levels of government. While there are many policies and programmes in place for achievement of the MDGs, delivery systems need to be strengthened to ensure that all people, irrespective of caste, creed, gender, have access to basic quality services. It is essential that these goals are localized to national, State and local levels to make them more relevant and accessible to the people. We also believe that citizens, who are the primary beneficiaries of any government programme, should be the primary stakeholders in monitoring delivery on the ground.” 
KEY MESSAGES OF THE ‘SUTA 2010’ LAUNCHBreakthrough Action plans:
We expect the Government of India to actively participate the MDG ReviewSummit with clear MDG Breakthrough Action Plans. These “Breakthrough Plans” should includeapproaches for scaling up and sustaining successful strategies and approaches, explore innovativeapproaches to reaching the targets and design appropriate, relevant and specific strategies andinterventions based on specific needs and circumstances.
Localising the MDGS
: MDGs must be mainstreamed and integrated into national and regionaldevelopment plans; capacities of local authorities must be enhanced to prioritise MDGs and increaseaccess to information and engagement between citizens and local authorities
These plans must incorporate a strong focus on addressing accountability on the issueof MDGs for all. We should have a clear message and plan for holding National and local government tothis commitment and we should articulate this loudly and often. Citizens will be monitoring theirgovernments and holding them accountable for their commitments over the next five years.
The MDGs are for everybody. We will not accept inequality in any area be it gender, spatial,ethnic (including the rights of Scheduled Tribes, Nomadic Tribes, minorities and Dalits) or in relation topersons with disability.

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