What do #youth want at the SMK Ayer Keroh School in Melaka, Malaysia?

MY World Offline Survey  at SMK Ayer Keroh School, Melaka, Malaysia. 14th November , 2014, 7.40am – 8.30am

The World Youth Foundation (WYF) is  an international non-governmental organization with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It launched in 1994. It aims to promote goodwill and understanding amongst youth through organizing training, seminars, conference and exchange programs.

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A GOOD EDUCATION:

Education is very important to get a decent job. It is also important to improve his lifestyle and he hopes that by getting a education he will be able to have a better quality of life. Master Sharwin commented that to be successful in life we would need a good education. He holds the opinion that with knowledge comes the opportunitiesof a better paying job then dropping-out.

 

 

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 A GOOD EDUCATION:

With a better education, we can get better job opportunities. Education enriches peoples’ understanding of themselves and it can have a great impact on a nation’s development plan.

 

 

 

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 PROTECTING FORESTS, RIVERS AND OCEANS

All of theses are essential for life on Earth. Forest, rivers and oceans are a lifeline for human beings and provide us shelter, refreshment, clean air and water. For example, trees produce oxygen for all humans to breathe and live. On the other hand, they also helps to maintain the earth’s ecosystem. Knowledge of protecting the forests, rivers and oceans need to be shared with everyone in the community, so that they become aware of this situation and contribute to a greener world.

 

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BETTER HEALTHCARE:

She has spinal pain problems, and has needed to have an annual medical checkup with a specialist in Kuala Lumpur since she is 12 years old. She said that health is very precious and it is an important for us to take care of our well-being.  “Everyone should have the opportunity to have a good, safe, fully equipped healthcare”, she added.

 

 

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Hellenic Road Safety Institue “Panos Mylonas” launches MY World Initiative for Better Transport & Roads

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The Hellenic Research and Educational Institute “Panos Mylonas” for Road Safety and the Prevention and Reduction of Traffic Accident (RSI) marked International Day for Road Victims on Sunday 16 November, 2014 by launching a campaign to support MY World 2015 in Greece.

RSI is a non-profit organization founded by University Institutions and selectively appointed companies in May 12th 2005. Greece is the country with the highest number of fatal accidents across Europe. Moreover, traffic accidents are the first cause of death in Greece. The Institute was founded in memory of the tragic loss of Panos Mylonas due to a road accident. The Institute aims to support and promote actions that advance road safety and traffic education, as well as study, research, information and education sectors and initiatives targeting the prevention and reduction of traffic accidents.

RSI will specifically focus on promoting the MY World priority: “Better transport and roads” through its extensive networks. This priority is currently ranked 12th globally, 14th in Greece, and 5th for RSI.

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Lesotho’s MY World campaign launched by youth volunteers

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Dr. Tesfaye Shiferaw, UNICEF Representative in Lesotho takes the MY World 2015 Global Survey on Friday, October 24. Photo: Mark S. Cogan / UNDP Lesotho

MASERU–As the United Nations in Lesotho celebrated the 69th birthday of the UN with national and international partners last Friday, (October 24) it also formally introduced the Basotho people to MY World 2015, the United Nations Global Survey with the help of the United Nations Volunteers and volunteer-involving organizations like the Rise Up Youth Organization.

“We will work to pass the survey on to other youth, which means getting into villages and into schools,” said Ramootsi Majalle, Director of the Rise Up Youth Organization.

Ramootsi said he hopes to enable as many Basotho as possible to have their say, including those with visual disabilities by translating MY World into braille.

Lesotho, a small landlocked country in Sub-Saharan Africa, is beset by a number of persistent development challenges. It has the second highest HIV burden in the world—second only to its close neighbour Swaziland.  Half of the country lives below the national poverty line.

The United Nations seeks the views of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the world they would like see post 2015. Unemployment is rampant, particularly among youth, who make up almost half of the population.

“Engaging youth is critical to reaching a sizable portion of the Basotho people,” said Ms. Karla Robin Hershey, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Lesotho.

“We want to make sure that their voices are heard as we transition into the next set of sustainable development goals.”

UN Day activities led by volunteer involving organizations yielded almost 150 votes on the afternoon.

Several national volunteer groups helped collect MY World votes, including the Rise Up Youth Organisation, and the Campaign for Education Forum. In addition, MY World was supported by the National Volunteering Corps, a government volunteering initiative supported by UNV and UNDP.

“MY World Survey is a great opportunity for Basotho to have their say in determining the post-2015 agenda,” said John Villiers, a UN Volunteer from Ireland.

“The turnout was outstanding and we look forward to working with our national partners to spread MY World into other districts across Lesotho.”

Contact Information:

Mark S. Cogan, UNDP Communications and Reporting Specialist, mark.cogan@one.un.org, +266 Tel: (+266) 22 313 790 ext. 377

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Volunteers in Lesotho carry out the MY World 2015 Global Survey on UN Day. Photo: Mark S. Cogan / UNDP Lesotho

 

Launch of localized MY World Website in China

Blog by Evonne Tang, Youthink Center China

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On November 1st, MY World China’s newly improved website, www.myworld2015.cn, was unveiled during the World Youth Forum 2014 annual meeting, organized by MY World Partner, Youthink Center. The localized Chinese website was created in collaboration with Youthink, the UN Millennium Campaign and UNDP.

MY World is a global survey for citizens led by the United Nations and MY World partners. It aims to capture people’s voices, priorities, and views, so that global leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the new development agenda for the world.

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MY World 2015 Launches in Jalisco, Mexico

November 11, 2014

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The MY World 2015 global survey is bringing the voices of residents from Jalisco, Mexico to the United Nations by asking them what issues make the most difference in their lives.

On 23 September, the UN Millennium Campaign and Corporativa de Fundaciones, A.C. signed a memorandum of agreement to roll out MY World in the State of Jalisco, Mexico. This week Corporativa de Fundaciones, A.C., held a press briefing where the following partners signed an annex agreeing to take part in the campaign: the Undersecretary of Planning and Evaluation from the Government of Jalisco, COPARMEX Jalisco, Instituto Jalicense de la Juventud, Federación de Estudiantes Universitarias, Colegio de Estudiantes Cientificos y Tecnológicos del Estado de Jalisco, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara and the Unión de Sociedades de Alumnos del ITESO.

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Nearly 400 dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, mostly students and youth, are currently being trained to carry out the survey.  The Jalisco campaign will run from now until May 2015 and aims to reach at least 200,000 Jalisco residents using both online voting and paper ballots. By engaging students at universities across Jalisco, and young people through the State’s Youth Council as well as IMJUVE (the Youth Institute of Mexico) the campaign aims to extend across at least 80% of the state’s territory.

The results of the survey will not only contribute to the new sustainable development agenda at the UN, but according to David Gómez Álvarez, the Jalisco Undersecretary of Planning,  these citizen priorities will also become incorporated in the State Development Plan in 2015.

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See the disaggregated results of the MY World Jalisco survey

Video (en español):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvPqxYPpwck

 Notas de prensa (en español):

My World 2015 in SIMONU Bogotá 2014

 

Blog by MY World Youth Ambassador, Julián Rodríguez 

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UNDP Colombia, the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Bogota and the Secretary of Education of Bogota  organized the largest Model UN in Colombia  – SIMONU (Simulación de las Naciones Unidas). As a UN initiative, SIMONU was conceived in late 2012 in an effort to bring students together from different background.

In early 2013, 150 schools were convened to be part of this initiative. More than 1500 students from almost 105 public and private schools participated in the largest simulation in almost 40 committees with a wide range of topics. 

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This year, 2100 students from around 220 schools in Bogotá participated in the simulation in 54 committees themed around the Respira Paz campaign (Breath Peace).

10599233_1483983645213824_4150980051162289779_nUndoubtedly, this learning experience is an achievement for Colombian Education. For this reason, the MY World Colombia team participated in SIMONU with two of its partners, doing different activities around the campaign. Almost 2200 people answered the survey and others reflected on the survey in their SIMONU committees. The MY World team also recorded participants sharing what their most important MY World priority was and why. 

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Want to learn more about SIMONU Bogota?

 https://www.facebook.com/SimonuBogota 
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Mobilizing the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

Blog by Caya Johnson, MY World Global Youth Advocate

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“Data are the lifeblood of decision-making and the raw material for accountability.
Without high-quality data providing the right information on the right things at the right
time; designing, monitoring and evaluating effective policies becomes almost impossible.” 

A World that Counts – Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development a report by the IEAG on the Data Revolution, November 2014

In the period leading up to the adoption on the 2015 global sustainable development agenda, a revolution has been emerging at the UN  – a data revolution for sustainable development.

In their report published in May 2013, the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda called for a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development to improve the quality of information for both people and governments, for  purposes including a higher standard of accountability and decision-making. The High Level Panel stressed the need for disaggregated data, specifically by gender, income, disability and other categories in order to ensure inclusivity underpins the post 2015 agenda.

Data Revolution Logo for NapkinsIn August 2014, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appointed an Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution tasked with providing expert recommendations on how data can be used to maximum effect in the development work of the UN.

Last Thursday the group launched their report entitled  A World that Counts – Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. The report specifically recommends a global consensus on principles and standards, the sharing of technology and innovation for the common good, the dedication of new resources for data capacity development, the establishment of a UN-led Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, and the establishment of a ‘SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) Data Lab’.

The report also features the MY World Survey as an important advance in the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development– the survey has provided decision makers at the UN with disaggregated data on the priorities of people around the world.  This open-source data platform has allowed for people’s voices to contribute to the informed decision-making process surrounding the new sustainable development agenda.

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Want to join the global conversation on the Data Revolution? 

Go to the Data Revolution We Want consultation on World We Want 2015 and share your ideas on the data revolution for sustainable development!

Centros Tecnológicos Comunitarios (CTC) se unen a la encuesta Mi Mundo 2015

JÓVENES DE LOS CTCS VOTAN POR UN MUNDO MEJOR. FOTO: EQUIPO CTC
JÓVENES DE LOS CTCS VOTAN POR UN MUNDO MEJOR. FOTO: EQUIPO CTC

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Reposteado de un artículo originalmente escrito por PNUD República Dominicana

Santo Domingo.- El Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) en su proceso de socialización y promoción de la Agenda Post-2015,  junto a la Vicepresidencia de la República Dominicana, promueve la participación de la ciudadanía en la encuesta “Mi Mundo” mediante la campaña nacional “Yo Voté por un Mundo Mejor” que se desarrolla en más de 90 Centros Tecnológicos Comunitarios (CTC) y sus emisoras relacionadas.

Los CTC brindan acceso a internet para que las usuarias y los usuarios entren a la página web: -www.mimundo2015.org y depositen su voto electrónico por los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenibles (ODS) que se implementarán después de 2015. Estos espacios cuentan  con urnas para las personas que desean votar de forma manual. El personal de los CTC traslada las urnas a diferentes puntos comerciales, educativos, religiosos y otros espacios ubicados cerca de sus locales.

Ud. también puede votar! http://vote.myworld2015.org/es/?partner=PNUDRD

Leer la nota de prensa sobre el lanzamiento con la Vice Presidente.

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MY World in Bhutan: an inspiration to become active citizens and volunteer

Text and photos by UNV/Riikka Suhonen

Riikka Suhonen, from Finland, has served as international UN Volunteer in Bhutan, advocating for the recognition of volunteerism as a vital component of the Post-2015 development agenda and its implementation mechanisms. As part of her assignment, Riikka organized an advocacy campaign on youth volunteerism for Post-2015 with support from UNDP Bhutan and the Bhutan UN Resident Coordinator’s Unit. From May to June 2014, the campaign raised awareness on the UN and the Post-2015 process among young Bhutanese and promoted youth volunteerism for development in Bhutan.

Yonten, student at the Royal Thimphu College, collecting MY World votes from fellow students.
Yonten, student at the Royal Thimphu College, collecting MY World votes from fellow students.

“MY World proved to be a good way to introduce the theme of Post-2015 to young Bhutanese and to connect it with volunteerism as a way to become active citizens”, says Riikka. “In ten days, our two-member team visited three secondary schools, three colleges and one vocational institute covering five districts in Central and Eastern Bhutan”, she adds. “Students, particularly those involved in volunteering clubs such as scouting, environmental, or social service clubs, were invited to join our interactive workshops. The Royal University of Bhutan and a local NGO, the Tarayana Foundation, helped to connect with teachers in these different schools and institutes”.

After filling out the ballot, participants were asked to select their top priority –“good education”, for the majority – and think about how they as volunteers could help address that priority. “Student volunteers came up with very diverse ways to address the development priorities they had identified, such as helping elderly or children with less financial means, giving free tuition classes, planting trees and disposing waste properly, educating people, promoting organic farming, and solving problems by taking collective action together. For college students, we also explained how the MY World survey works and encouraged them to gather more votes from their community”, Riikka explains.

Kencho Dorji, 22, Bhutanese youth volunteer who co-facilitated the workshops of the Post-2015 advocacy tour, and Wangdi Phuntsho, 22, one of the active volunteers for the MY World campaign in Bhutan.
Kencho Dorji, 22, Bhutanese youth volunteer who co-facilitated the workshops of the Post-2015 advocacy tour, and Wangdi Phuntsho, 22, one of the active volunteers for the MY World campaign in Bhutan.

Wangdi Phuntsho, 22, was one of the active volunteers who coordinated the collection of MY World votes in his college, the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies in Taktse. After the post-2015 workshop in the college, seven student volunteers reached out to different people in the village – friends, neighbours, monks and shopkeepers – to involve them in this global discussion on people’s development priorities.

Wangdi believes that MY World is a good way to raise awareness on the work of the United Nations and on the sustainable development goals, although it requires special efforts to be communicated, for example, to illiterate people.

“I feel that the MY World survey gives an opportunity to people to share their views on development challenges and potential solutions. People expressed their gratitude for getting the chance to have their say through such an important survey. Also, decision-makers can better understand the real scenario at the grassroots level and plan accordingly”, Wangdi explains.

After this experience, Wangdi was even more motivated to volunteer. “MY World creates the space for youth volunteers to realize their roles in a rapidly changing world. We got to understand and feel the pain of local people as we interacted with them. It really inspired us to volunteer and help finding solutions for the difficulties faced by our community”, he notes.

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Leaders at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) vote for a better world

My world 3gfThe Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Millennium Campaign organized a Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) MY World vote in Copenhagen on 20-21 October 2014 to raise awareness and build synergy between 3GF and the post-2015 agenda.

MY World is the UN global survey for a better world. The survey will gather people’s voices up to 2015 and the results will be shared with the UN Secretary-General and global leaders as they negotiate the new global agenda to address extreme poverty and preserve our planet.

Mogens Jensen, Danish Minister of Trade and Development, kicked off voting and expressed a strong message of hope: “We WILL be able, in the next 15 years, to totally eradicate extreme poverty.”

Hundreds of green growth and sustainability leaders at 3GF welcomed this unique opportunity to have their say at the UN and share what kind of world they want in the future. The top 3GF priorities are:

  1. Action taken on climate change
  2. A good education
  3. Access to clean water and sanitation
  4. An honest and responsive government
  5. Protecting forests, rivers and oceans

See full vote results. Watch event videos & interviews and check out photos. Thanks for having your say for a better world!