How to 'Make Noise' for a healthier world

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Between September 17 and 19 the global campaign Stand Up 2010 is asking you to make noise, unite with others and shout out: "We will no longer stay seated or silent in the face of poverty and the broken promises to end it!" as the world's leaders congregate at the United Nations to review the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ten years after they were set.

In 2009, more than 173 million people stood up for the MDGs in 100 countries and took part in over 3,000 events.

The current noise-making events worldwide range from rallies, concerts to teach-ins and sporting events. Bloggers are united to post about the MDGs, the Harlem gospel choir in New York is set to perform, while in Thailand there will be group spoon and plate banging and drum circles in Uganda.

In addition to participating in a local event or creating your own, you can also "add your voice, sound [heartbeat] or music to [Stand Up's] SoundCloud audio group" at: http://soundcloud.com/groups/stand-up-against-poverty/dropbox and get materials via Facebook for Stand Up Make Noise: http://www.facebook.com/mcampaign?v=app_11007063052 and watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5HOvSpeN74

To find out more about where the MDGs are headed, listen to the free 90-minute webcast TEDxChange co-hosted by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED on September 20 at 11am EDT on TED.com.  For more details on the speakers and goals, go to: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/tedxchange/Pages/the-future-we-make.aspx

Not familiar with the MDGs? They include reducing the maternal mortality ratio by 75 percent, immunizing one-year old children against measles worldwide, preventing over 60 percent of deaths of children under five years old, stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and malaria, learn more: http://www.mdgmonitor.org/goal1.cfm

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