Suva, Fiji - While the whole world is grappling with issues of poverty, our young rugby players are making their contributions to poverty reduction known. In a partnership initiative with the UN Millennium Campaign, the Fiji Rugby Union believes  that sports is no longer just for entertainment but an avenue where  development issues such as poverty are raised and brought to the forefront of decision making.

In Biausevu village in the district of Korotogo, in Nadroga eight rugby players planted a tree to signify the eight millennium development goals (MDGs) that our leaders committed themselves to when they signed the Millennium Declaration in 2000. The leaders made a promise to fulfill each goal come 2015. The trees will not only signify the importance of MDG7 as part of environment sustainability but also the rest of the development goals as a way forward for Fiji and its citizens. The trees will be a reminder of how much we can achieve as a nation by 2015.

September 20th marks the day when the 189 Leaders from around the globe will converge in New York for the MDG Summit where the review of the MDGs over the last 10 years will take place. As part of the preparation to the Summit, Leaders are to go to the meeting with breakthrough plans of how they will achieve the goals by 2015.

In Fiji, sports such as Rugby are now doing their bit in recognizing the need to take on a more serious role in human development so that the future of our young people are more sustainable. Just like the planting of those trees.

Join the UN Millennium Campaign and the Fiji Rugby Union on September 18 in a global Stand Up and Take Action against poverty as we look forward to the accelerated achievement of the Millennium Development Goals over the next 5 years.

The "United Nations Millennium Campaign": supports and inspires people from around the world to take action in support of the Millennium Development Goals. Join the UN Millennium Campaign and be part of the generation that puts an end to poverty.

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