In Egypt, Stand Up was celebrated in more than 50,000 mosques in all governorates across the country, where imams preached about the need for eradicating poverty.
This unified action, carried out in cooperation with the Ministry for Religious Endowments, included high profile Friday sermons by the Mufti of Egypt and the Deputy Minister in the Errahman Errahim mosque, one of the most important mosques in Cairo.
Religious leaders also spoke about Stand Up in churches across the country and rang bells to make noise in support of the Millennium Development Goals.
A youth rally was also held at the Pyramids in Giza. Entitled “The Sphinx Stands Against Poverty,” the event featured religious leaders, film stars Yosra and Leila Alaoui, and the famous Egyptologist Dr. Hawas. They addressed the audience and read the anti-poverty pledge calling on world leaders to deliver on their promises to end poverty. The event was carried out in cooperation with the National Council for Antiquities, with the contribution of partners including the United Nations, Rotaract clubs, Scouts, the National Council for Youth, Ministry of Religious Endowments, Coptic Church and Al Jazeera Youth Clubs.