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Delegates to CUPE’s national convention helped break a world record yesterday, when they took a stand against poverty.

Over 43 million people in 110 countries broke the Guinness World Record – set last year at 23.5 million - for the largest number of people to Stand Up Against Poverty in 24 hours. The global action marked October 17, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

From all parts of the world, 43,716,440 people stood and spoke out to demand a more urgent political response to the growing crisis of global poverty and inequality. They called on their world leaders to keep their commitments made in the Millennium Development Goals.

Canada had an impressive showing, with 74,000 people standing up at more than 500 events. Last year, 49,000 people stood up across the country.