x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Princess: take stand against world hunger

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein is urging people to literally take a stand against poverty.

DUBAI // Princess Haya bint Al Hussein is urging people to literally take a stand against poverty. The wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has endorsed a UN campaign aimed at inspiring people to support the world body's eight Millennium Development Goals, which include the eradication of poverty and other world ills by 2015. The annual campaign, called Stand Up and Take Action, was launched in 2006, and will take place this year between October 16 and 18.

As part of the three-day campaign, events are being organised in 130 countries in which people will stand together, read a pledge of support, and e-mail a photograph of themselves to organisers. People can also send in individual photos of themselves standing. The idea is to show governments around the world that millions of people support the goals, which concern not only poverty and hunger but also universal education, gender equality, child and maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and environmental sustainability.

In an online video address this weekend, Princess Haya said that 300 million children go to bed hungry every night. "When you eat your next meal, remind yourself that one third of the children in developing countries are underweight or stunted for lack of nutrition," she said. People can register online at www.standup.ae to take part in the event. loatway@thenational.ae