Marcos Diaz Swimming To End Poverty

Marcos Diaz Swimming To End Poverty

Since May 2010, Marcos Díaz of the Dominican Republic has swum four different swims between five continents in an attempt to build global awareness and support for the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, a pledge by world leaders to eradicate extreme poverty and its root causes by 2015.

He ended his project with a fifth swim in New York.

On September 15th, his journey around the world ended in New York City where Marcos swam from the Statue of Liberty to a park across from the United Nations headquarters. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Marcos at the finish where Marcos gave messages of support for the Millennium Development Goals that he has collected from people around the world.

Marcos stayed around in New York to take part in a subsequent ceremony days before world leaders gathered at the United Nations on September 20-22 to review progress on these Goals which were adopted by 189 world leaders in 2000.

Marcos’ swims included a swim from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia, a swim from Jordan in Asia to Egypt in Africa, a swim from Morocco in Africa to Spain and a swim from Russia to Alaska (see video below).

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Steven Munatones