68th President of General Assembly’s High-Level Stock-taking Event – a participatory approach

Panel“Our work must remain open and transparent so that we hear the voices of all”

            -Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General

September 11, 2014, NEW YORK

Blog by Caya Johnson, Global Youth Advocate

The President of the General Assembly’s High-Level Stock-Taking event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, held on the 11th and 12th of September in New York, emphasized the need for a participatory, inclusive, and open approach to formulating the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The proceedings of the Stock-Taking event, which marked the end of President of the General Assembly John Ashe’s term, will be incorporated into the Secretary General’s Synthesis Report at the end of November.  The Stock-Taking event also served as a way to pass the post-2015 agenda into the hands of the incoming President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa.

Over the course of the event, panelists, civil society guests, and country representatives stressed the importance of openness, transparency, and citizen involvement in the formulation and adoption of the SDGs.  Secretary General Ban Ki-moon noted that “the ongoing UN system consultations, including MY World, have sought the voices of…millions and millions of people around the world.”

Helen Clark praised the “unprecedented consultation around the world and online” which has allowed people to have their say in the post-2015 development agenda – she noted that “the global MY World Survey enabled many people to be involved.”

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Celebrating 5 million votes on MY World- the largest survey ever!

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THANKS A (FIVE) MILLION!

Thanks to everybody’s outstanding efforts- MY World has hit the 5 million votes mark!

This is a historic achievement which means that millions of people – many for the first time – now can have a say in defining a better world for themselves and their families.

MY World will continue to inform the negotiations about the future development agenda into 2015, and we will continue to ensure everyone´s voice is heard.

See the MY World results by country, gender, level of education and Human Development Index

Thank you!
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On Thursday, September 25th at 18:30-19:30 EST, watch the MY World Partner Recognition Event and Award Ceremony livestreamed here

Data for Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States

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The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place this month from 1 – 4 September, in Apui, Samoa. The overarching theme of the conference was ‘The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships’. Six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues were held in parallel to the plenary meetings. The overall objective of the conference was to assess progress to date, seek renewed political commitment for action, identify new emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of SIDS, and identify priorities for the sustainable development of SIDS to be considered in the elaboration of the post-2015 UN development agenda. In this context, MY World has published a report with a focus on data from SIDS, including MY World survey data and regional consultation data sets reposited on the World We Want website: worldwewant2015.org/reports

Please feel free to read our report by following this link.

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People Driven Accountability Side Panel Event During 65th Annual DPI-NGO Conference

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“An agenda that is built on the priorities of people will be a better agenda – it will respond more to their needs, to their aspirations, and how they want to live their lives.”

– Paul Ladd, People Driven Accountability Workshop, DPI-NGO Conference

New York City – August 28, 2014

The United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) and the World We Want 2015 Policy Strategy Group presented the People’s Voices Workshop on August 28, 2014 during the 65th Annual DPI-NGO Conference. The workshop, titled ‘People Driven Accountability’ presented examples of the UN Millennium Campaign’s strategy for ensuring the millions of voices, hopes and dreams of people from around the world are heard by world leaders as they negotiate the post-2015 development agenda.

Ms. Rosa Lizarde, Co-chair of the World We Want 2015 Policy Strategy Group, moderated the workshop, and the keynote address was given by Mr. Nicholas Pron, Special Advisor to the President of the United Nations General Assembly. Panelists included Paul Ladd, UNDP Post-2015 Team Lead, Ghazala Mehmood, Policy Strategy Group Member representing Barakat Incorporation, Niels Caszo, President of AIESEC US representing youth-led organizations, and Mohan Sunkara, the CEO of Azri Data Engineering. Ravi Karkara, UNMC Post-2015 Strategic Partnerships Advisor and Co-chair of the World We Want 2015 Policy Strategy Group offered the closing remark for the workshop.

The workshop focused on how MY World 2015 and the World We Want 2015 are tools which allow people to have a say in UN Processes. The MY World Survey has so far accumulated the voices of over 4 million people from 194 countries.  The World We Want 2015 platform  steers discussions on the post-2015 agenda and enhances civil society’s participation to ensure that people’s voices are taken into consideration when drafting the new development agenda. The results of the MY World Survey are hosted in the World We Want 2015 Trends page and they complement the global consultative exercises by UNDG and by civil society organizations worldwide in light of building an inclusive future development agenda after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) end in 2015.  All of this open data is available for anyone to access, so “everyone can use this data to make a strong case and point and to hold governments to account,” as Ravi Karkara pointed out during the workshop.

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MY Green World 2015 is launched at DPI NGO

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The 65th UN Department of Public Information (DPI) NGO Conference convened thousands of representatives from 1,300 NGO organizations around the theme “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda”. During the Roundtable Discussion on Climate Justice in Practice, Daniel Thomas of the Secretariat General’s Climate Change Support Team announced the MY Green World Survey on behalf of UNMC. Dan announced that the launch of the voting platform would take place during the Climate Summit with support from the Secretariat General’s Climate Support Team, D

Throughout the meeting, Dan showcased the importance of voices from civil society mobilization leading up to the Climate summit and on the road to COP 21 in Paris, 2015. The Permanent Representative of Palau, Dr. Caleb Otto, sat beside Dan Thomas.  The impact of climate change on vulnerable communities was echoed through Dan’s presentation.

The presentation can be found here at 29:00 – http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/watch/climate-justice-in-practice-roundtable-2-65th-un-dpingo-conference/3756322211001#full-text

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Road to Rights Launches the #MYWorldStreetCampaign

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By Ashan Perera, Road to Rights 

The Road to Rights (R2R) is a youth-led movement initiated in 2012 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with the intention of promoting human rights education and awareness. It has a wide-spread global network within 14 different countries in Asia and Africa, with chapters in Sri Lanka , Nepal, Bangladesh , India , Pakistan , Nigeria, and Rwanda . Road to Rights launched the MY World Campaign at the 2013 International Youth Day celebration and now is a Global Partner of the campaign. So far R2R has conducted the survey and workshop in schools, institutions, governments and at the grassroots level.

The MY World Street Campaign is a new concept and initiative from R2R to reach out to the general public and create awareness about the campaign rather than collecting votes. Eventually encourage the public to complete the survey either through online or offline methods. The online survey is conducted using iPads, tablets, mobile phones, laptops whereas the offline campaign is paper-based. The campaign is carried out entirely by a set of passionate and enthusiastic young volunteers.

The MY World Street Campaign started on the 1st of September and will be conducted till 26th of September. Within the span of almost one month, the period has been split into 4 week intervals, where each week the volunteers will specifically discuss four priorities out of the 16 stating the history, background, relative current issues etc. of each priority. In each week, the volunteers will educate the people they approach on the current situation of these issues and encourage them to share their opinions on the issues:

  • Week 01 – “Good education”, “Better job opportunities”, “Reliable energy at home”, “Phones and internet access”
  • Week 02 – “Protection against crime and violence”, “An honest and responsive government”, “Protecting forests, rivers and oceans”, and  “Better healthcare”
  • Week 03 – “Political freedoms”, “Affordable and nutritious food”, “Freedom from discrimination and persecution”, “Action taken on climate change”
  • Week 04 – “Equality between men and women”, “Better transport and roads”, “Access to clean water and sanitation”, “Support for people who can’t work”

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The importance of the MY World Street campaign is that we intend to approach those who are rarely focused on, especially in the urban communities, such as shop owners, employees, street sweepers etc. R2R volunteers are very energetic and passionate about this task, hence we have already been able create a fair amount of awareness within the urban community.

R2R volunteers will also be traveling outside of urban areas and reaching out to those who are in marginalized communities to include their voices in the process, making the street campaign more effective and productive.

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Venezuela promueve una agenda con paz y protección contra el crimen y la violencia

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La Asociación de Naciones Unidas de Venezuela (ANUV) en conjunto con WFUNA, a través de su proyecto Venezuela Libre de Violencia (Freedom From Violence) Paz, Seguridad y Prevención del Conflicto en la Agenda de Desarrollo Post-2015; promueve la inclusión de la Meta #16 del Open Working Group (OWG) en la Agenda:

Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable
development, provide access to justice for all and build effective,
accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.*

Nuestro objetivo es crear conciencia en la sociedad civil de Venezuela y promover la mayor participación en las definiciones de la Agenda. Venezuela ha tenido muy poca asistencia a todos los procesos de discusión, por lo tanto, creemos que es necesario impulsar el debate nacional para que los venezolanos puedan expresar cuáles son sus prioridades para generar un Desarrollo Sustentable. Venezuela particularmente, presenta tasas muy altas de homicidios al año (25,000, según el Observatorio Venezolano de Violencia). De esta forma, “Protección contra el Crimen y la Violencia” se convierte en una de nuestras principales prioridades según los resultado de la encuesta MY World 2015.

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Trabajamos con cuatro grupos de Enfoque: Comunidad Académica, Medios de Comunicación, Sociedad Civil y “Políticos”. Impartimos talleres de capacitación sobre la Agenda de Desarrollo Post-2015 y la relación existente entra la seguridad humana y el desarrollo humano. Realizamos foros informativos y de discusión, y de esta forma construimos sus capacidades. Su voz debe ser escuchada y es nuestro trabajo que esa voz llegue lo más lejos posible. Venezuela por ser un país joven, entiende la importancia de incluir a la juventud en los espacios de toma de decisiones.

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ingresar los votos acumulados en nuestros últimos ventos. Las papeletas nos ayudan a asegurar que más venezolanos sean parte del cambio que desean.

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MY World and the Millennium Development Goals in Castilla and León, Spain

SonoramaMY World and the Millennium Development Goals were presented at Sonorama, an alternative music festival in Aranda de Duero, Burgos, Spain from the 13 through 16 of August, 2014. There were 114 bands performing on 11 stages. The town welcomed over 45,000 visitors during these days.

“Sonorama is not only a music festival; it is a big gathering for friends from all over. We know that the people of Castilla and León embrace the aspect of solidarity in Sonorama,” said Matilde Aparicio of the Cooperation and Development Service of the Council of Castilla and León.

SonoramaAround town, there were two public voting events with the MY World podium. At the festival, there was an exhibit featuring the Millennium Development Goals and MY World. Also, a video encouraging people to vote on MY World was projected on giant screens on the concert stage.

“I believe MY World is an initiative in which everyone can participate and add their ideas, and have a moment to express their thoughts to the world. We need to ensure that more people know about the campaign in order to achieve and succeed,” said volunteer Laura Lopez.

Sonorama“To be able to advance, it is important to know where we have to go. The MY World campaign allows us to decide our goals, and together unite forces to achieve the world we want,” said Rocío Sastre of the Service of Cooperation and Development of the Council of Castilla and León.

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Over 4 million voices heard

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Over 4 million people have had their say at the UN! Many congratulations to Mexico as the country with the most votes (nearly 800,000)!

Up to now, the survey results reveal that the top priorities for voters to improve their lives are a good education, better healthcare, an honest and responsive government and better job opportunities. This strengthens the validity of the current Millennium Development Goals and places new issues on the global agenda.

MY World has massive support among the youth. Over 70% of all voters are younger than 30 years old.

New Partner Toolkits Available

Want to become a partner and learn how to get more involved in MY World 2015 and the World We Want 2015? Download our partner toolkit today!

Quiere ud. ser aliado y aprender como involucrarse en MI Mundo 2015 y The World We Want 2015? Descarga nuestro Guía para Aliados hoy!

Souhaitez vous devenir un partenaire et apprendre à s’impliquer davantage dans My World 2015 et The World We Want 2015? Téléchargez notre toolkit dès aujourd’hui!

你想成为联合国《我的世界2015》全球调查和《我想要的2015年世界》正式合作伙伴吗?那就马上下载我们的合作伙伴指南吧!

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Many thanks to the following individuals for their assistance in developing and translating the toolkits and associated graphics: Natalie Gardner, Christina Samson, Alice Chen, Kristin Gutekunst, Emmanuel Fontalvo, Divine Ntiokam, Nya DJjowa Audrey, Ngnepi Sandra, Papa Tiecoro Dembele