The United Nations has collaborated with Skype, Facebook, and Ustream to give users worldwide a greater degree of exposure and access to celebrities and politicians taking part in the Stand Up Take Action! movement to end poverty. This week key figures including former Irish President Mary Robinson and African entertainers Femi Kuti, Angelique Kidjo and Yvonne Chakachaka, will be taking part in Skype video chats that Ustream will be broadcasting through the Millenium Campaign’s Facebook Page and Ustream channel. The calls will also include Facebook’s Live Stream widget.
Each Skype call will take place this week in the buildup to the Stand Up events that will take place around the world this weekend as citizens urge their governments to strive to reach the Millennium Development Goals.
The Millennium campaign looks to help the world reach the eight Millennium Development Goals developed by the United Nations in 2000, with the target of having each of them fulfilled by 2015. The goals focus on ending poverty and the root causes behind it, as well as furthering education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving health care and more (you can see the full list here).