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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is an international civic organization that promotes activism on issues such as climate change, human rights, and religious conflicts.[1] Its stated mission is to "ensure that the views and values of the world's people inform global decision-making." The organization operates in thirteen languages, and claims more than three million members worldwide.[2]


Etymology and origin

Avaaz means "noise" or "voice" in Hindi, Urdu, Dari, Persian, and other languages. was co-founded by Res Publica, a global civic advocacy group and non-profit organization, and MoveOn, an American non-profit progressive public policy advocacy group and political action committee. The organization is also supported by Service Employees International Union, a founding partner, and Avaaz's individual co-founders include Executive Director Ricken Patel, Virginia congressman Tom Perriello, Australian progressive entrepreneur David Madden, Jeremy Heimans, Andrea Woodhouse, Tom Pravda, and MoveOn Executive Director Eli Pariser.[3]


Avaaz is managed by a team of campaigners working from Switzerland, Brazil, the United States, Argentina, and the United Kingdom. They communicate with members via email, and employ campaigning tactics including online public petitions, videos, and email-your-leader tools.

At the 2007 G8 conference, protested against the "U.S. administration [for its] 'wrecking tactics' and failure to agree to specific, binding global goals" when it came to the mitigation of global warming. At the event, presented a petition signed by 355,000 people from 193 countries that supported its position.[4][5] Avaaz is also a co-organizer of the Global Day of Action for Burma along with Burma Campaign UK and Amnesty International. It has registered more than 750,000 signatures to a petition to the Chinese President Hu Jintao and the UN Security Council, urging them to "oppose a violent crackdown on the demonstrators" and "support genuine reconciliation and democracy".[6] Avaaz delivered this petition to UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown on October 15, 2007.[7][8]

In March 2008, Avaaz launched a global petition to Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tibet, calling "restraint and respect for human rights" and the opening of "meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama."[9] This petition passed 1 million signatures in seven days, and has now reached more than 1.4 million signatures, making it among the largest and fastest-growing online petitions in history. The petition was delivered in protests and events at Chinese consulates and embassies around the world on March 31, 2008.[10]

The Avaaz video Stop the Clash of Civilizations, created with Agit-Pop Communications, won the YouTube 2007 Award in the "Political" category. It was, at one time, the all-time second most discussed video in the YouTube "News and Politics" section.[11][12] The video was also the winner of the 1st Annual DoGooderTV Non-Profit Video Awards[13] and the Popular Winner for Best Awareness-Raising Video in the 2007 Progressive Source Awards[14]


Current campaigns


On 21 September 2009, staged a 'global wake-up call' to press world leaders to take action on climate. [1]

On 12 December 2009, organized 3241 candle-lit vigils in 139 countries, again to press those attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 to reach a "Real Deal".[2]

As of January 2009, was also running the following campaigns:


On March 2010, was also running the following campaign:

See also


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