International Youth Day in the Philippines

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By the Balayan Social Action Office of the University of St. La Salle and the Sagay City Government.

International Youth Day 2014 brought together more then 150 youth leaders and activists at the University of St. La Salle for discussions on the post-2015 development agenda, the My World Survey and gender equality.

The day started with a message of inspiration by Jilt van Schayik, the Dutch Youth Delegate to the United Nations. “Leave your footprint behind, be part of the solution and act as leader of today, not for the future only” were among the messages he shared.

The forum then continued with a discussion on the post-2015 development agenda in which youth leaders from different backgrounds shared their ideas, solutions and best practices for the world of tomorrow. The main priorities and areas of concern were: education, healthcare and job opportunities. This is in line with the outcome of the MY World Survey in the Philippines were those priorities rank the top three.

Take away from International Youth Day in the Philippines: young Filipino’s want to shape their own future, and with them 1.8 billion youngsters around the world.

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JCI Sandton, South Africa Starts “School Halls” MY World Campaign

10420036_296253207222377_5158767805348391997_nJCI Sandton visited Eastbank High School, at the centre of Alexandra for the launch of the MY World Campaign ‘School Halls’. This was a different school hall because students were asked to address the issues about the development of their community and the country. The theme of the School Hall was “Active Citizenship.” For the first time, students were able to share their views in the discourse. 400 votes were collected from the school from the school.

Shine on Power FMThe ‘School Hall’ coincided with the visit of the  JCI World President Shine Bashkaran who addressed the students about being active in their communities and using initiative such as the my world to make a positive impact. He also spoke about MY World on Power FM 98.7.

 

Sh10530798_296819977165700_942414691583150164_naka Sisulu – a South African public speaker, a writer, a social-activist & an entrepreneur. who advocates for social mass movements of good –  addressed the class and students voiced their concerns about the government and lack of resources within schools in Alexandra. Students seemed most concerned about the quality of education and the availability of good employment opportunities even suggesting that the government should increase their support for undergraduate studies by providing grants and or bursaries.

 

The founder of Miss EarthSA Catherine Constantinides discussed the importance of active citizenship and highlighted a good education, the environment and food security as some of her priority items.

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JCI South Africa shared short videos from other my world advocate to expose the students to the various view points about development.  One such video was from Luvuyo Mandela:

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Sri Lanka renews commitment to achieving 1 million votes

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development in Sri Lanka takes pride to announce that Sri Lanka is currently one of the leaders in the MY World Global Survey. Hon. Minister Dullas Alahapperuma pleadged one million votes from Sri Lanka at the 68th UNGA in 2013.

Sri Lanka currently has 554595 votes. Almost 100% are youth 16-30 years old.

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Watch the video below with interviews with Hon. Minister Dullas (Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development), Subinay Nandy (UN Resident Coordinator, Sri Lanka), Ravi Karkara (Expert Adviser, Children and Youth), Amila Rajapaksha (Global Youth Advocate, Sri Lanka), Shehara Herath (MY World Focal Point, Sri Lanka)

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أي تونس نريد؟ / The Tunisia We Want

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Post by Youssef Cherif  and Aida Robbana, UNITED NATIONS Tunisia

طرحنا هذا السؤال على مئات المواطنين، فوجدناهم مستعدين للإجابة، بل ويقترحون حلولاً. طبعاً تونس ليست كباقي البلدان، فمنها إنطلق الربيع العربي وإثر انتفاضتها تغيرت نظرة حكومات العالم لشعوبها. لكن تحمس الذين قابلناهم للمشاركة، وأملهم في المستقبل، كانت حقيقةً فوق المتوقع.

خذ مثلاً اختيارنا للولايات التي ستشملها استشارتنا. فقد وضعنا، لضيق الوقت، خمسة ولايات للأشهر الثلاث التي ستدوم فيها الإستشارة الوطنية. غير أن الطلبات تعددت في الأثناء وها نحن اليوم نظيف ولايتين إلى المجموع، ولسنا سوى في شهرنا الأول.

كما أن مبادرة الدولة التونسية بتبني “العالم الذي نريد” وتحويله إلى منتوج وطني، “تونس التي نريد”، كانت دفعاً إيجابياً في تحديد مسارنا وحاسمةً في انتشارنا على نطاق أوسع. فقد أخذت كتابة الدولة للتنمية والتعاون الدولي، وزارة الإشراف، إستقصاء “ماي وورلد” وإستمدو منه نسخةً تستجيب إلى الخصوصيات التونسية، وزعت على اداراتهم الفرعية التي وفرتها بدورها لمنظمات المجتمع المدني.

وزار فريقنا حتى الآن ثلاث جهات، ألا وهي بنزرت في اقصى شمال تونس، وصفاقس ومدنين في الجنوب. وكانت اللقاءات تشاركية فيها ممثلو المجتمع المدني والمسؤولون الرسميون.

وقد ظهرت نقاط كبرى ركز عليها أغلب من استشرناهم.

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فالحوكمة الرشيدة، كما ردد عدد من التونسيين، هي ركيزة تقدم كل المجالات الأخرى. كيف نقاوم الفساد عندما تحمي الدولة الرشوة؟ هل يمكن الحديث عن حقوق في بلد لا يقوم مسؤولوه بواجباتهم؟ نجد هنا صدًى لأحد أهم شعارات الثورة التونسية، التي قامت ضد العادات السيئة لتسيير الدولة. وثار بعض المتحدثين ضد البيروقراطية المعطلة للتنمية، خصوصاً فيما يتعلق بالمواطنين بالخارج عندما ينوون الإستثمار في تونس. وطالب بعضهم بضرورة وقف مظاهر التهريب الذي يضر بالتنمية، وبمكافحة الهجرة -سواءً غير الشرعية أو الداخلية- التي تعصف بالشباب، روح التنمية المحلية. وربما كان هدف الدعوة لتشريك المجتمع المدني في كل قرارات السلطة ومشاوراتها، من قبل عدد من المشاركين، تعبيراً عن شعور بالمسؤولية المواطنية في تقويم سياسة الدولة.

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Celebrating International Youth Day in Cameroon

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By FAHFED and Club des Jeunes Aveugles Rehabilites du Cameroun (CJARC) under coordination by Ntiokam Divine, Global Youth Digital Advocate post-2015 and MY World 2015

During International Youth Day 2014, Sought Out Cameroon gathered 3 groups for a discussion on the post-2015 agenda, the IYD2014 theme of Youth and Mental Health and MY World. Here is a report on what they had to say:

159Challenges for Visually impaired people:

  • They are marginalized because of their disability
  • They are not inclusive in decision due to the disability
  • They lack of materials in their institution
  • They are urban
  • They are well and duly registered under the Government

096Challenges for Young Women:

  • They are unemployed
  • They were not able to continue their studies
  • They need some materials for training
  • They need to reinforce their capacities
  • As volunteers of the Association, they are well and duly registered under the Government

053Challenges for Refugees:

  • Unable to feed themselves, attend school, face deplorable situation. Children are obliged to do part time jobs to sustain themselves and face child labour practices.
  • Couple of months ago while Eunice was a maid she lost one of her fingers with a knife during her exercise as house maid, and til this date she is still suffering the pain. When the crisis started in Central African Republic, her younger brother Salomon was in class 6 (African standard) , while she was in her 1st year in medical school.
  • Upon arrival in Cameroon, the UNCHR has been so helpful in getting their refugee status legalized, but unfortunately it is still on going due to huge number of applicants, which make things difficult for them as far as getting equal opportunities as other nationals.
  • They do not have a status yet, but are volunteers of the Association

In all cases, the representatives from these groups feel the MDGs did not affect them because they were not even informed. They feel the post – 2015 agenda will be different because it gives them the opportunity to get their voices heard and they could take action for their well-being and for the development of their society.

 

Young People as Stakeholders in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

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By Saket Mani* – Post originally from the YGSM Blog - 15 August 2014

At the 2010 High‐level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly to review progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), governments called not only for accelerating progress, but also for thinking on ways to advance the UN development agenda beyond 2015. This is the origin of the discussions now underway on the Post‐2015 Development Agenda.

The United Nations does not own the global development agenda; its membership includes all governments, its mandate covers the range of issues for international cooperation, and its methods of work are open in various ways of engagement with and participation by many other types of stakeholders.

Given that the MDGs farthest from being met are the two goals focusing on women and girls, it is clear that a business-as-usual approach to gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights will no longer suffice.

The largest generation of young people the world has ever known is poised to inherit and champion our next development agenda. If the post-2015 development agenda is to be truly grounded in human rights and the principles of equality and non-discrimination, and if young people are truly to be the custodians of this agenda, member states must redouble their efforts between now and 2015 to achieve gender equality and universal access to sexual and reproductive health, and to capitalize on this momentum as we continue to shape a transformative Post-2015 agenda.

No group in the global population has more at stake after the MDG deadline of 2015 than children and young people. That would seem obvious, but predictions vary widely on what kind of a world these young people will inherit and how they are prepared for whatever happens.

The Population Reference Bureau, with support from the USAID, has taken a close look at the 10-24 year old population worldwide and prepared a poster-size chart of statistics, called the World’s Youth 2013 Data Sheet. The newly collected information available in recent years points to a generation of young people with better health and more education. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that many in this age group in poor countries face social, health and economic barriers that in years to come will have profound effects on their own lives and their societies. Once again, facts show that girls and young women are most at risk.

The largest contributors to the My World survey have been youth worldwide; about 70% of respondents both offline and online are young people below the age of 30 years old. Survey results point to new issues which will need to be included in the future development agenda, including better job opportunities and an honest and responsive government –  all of which were discussed during the Post-2015 Youth Global Strategy Meeting in Hong Kong.

Young people are repeating many of the same messages, these voices, combined with the three million people coming together in the My World survey tell us that we have a big and urgent job ahead: to agree on a new development agenda that carries the same simplicity and strength as the MDG framework – an agenda that serves both people and the planet. A new era demands a new vision.

The good news is a global movement is coming together for 2015 and the future.

The aspiration of the development agenda beyond 2015 is to create a just and prosperous world where all people exercise their rights and live with dignity and hope. Which world do you want to live in by 2030? Which world it will be will depend on the decisions you help to make in 2015, and the preparations we make for it now.

To find out how you can still get involved, check out Kelly Thompson’s blog

*Saket Mani is the Global Youth Advocate for the My World 2015 and World We Want 2015. He is a member of the UNICEF Global Youth Council on the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities and an active member of the UN Major Group for Children & Youth. He has been appointed as Global Youth Ambassador for “A World at School” by Gordon Brown (UN Special Envoy on Education) and Sarah Brown to promote universal education. He is an Ambassador for “Young Men 4 Gender Equality” to raise awareness about gender equality using technology and an advisor for “TakingITGlobal.”

Ravi Karkara featured in 2014 Ministers Reference Book of Commonwealth

It is my privilege to share with you the 2014 Ministers Reference Book of Commonwealth which is Designed to help commonwealth member countries work ever-more closely with each other to build a peaceful and prosperous community.

2014 Ministers HandbookThe report features over 40 articles from leading commentators, including H.E.s David Cameron , Goodluck Jonathan, Executive Heads of UNCTAD, ITC, IMF, UNESCO, FAO and others.  It also has a feature on Hon. Nelson Mandela’s legacy and his impact on the Commonwealth.

I am very honored to inform that the book features my article on Youth Led Development (Page 152-155) among all these other luminaries.

To access, click on the photo.

I hope you will find this useful.

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MY World Partner Award Nominations 2014: Open til 26 August 2014

There’s still time to make a nomination! The MY World Partner recognition awards aim to symbolically recognise the critical contribution of partners to the success of MY World (based on activities undertaken from September 2013 onward). Awards will be granted to a selection of partners who have stood out for their performance in the promotion of MY World.

The MY World Partner Recognition Awards will include a total of 5 awards distributed across the following categories:

  • MY World Volunteerism Award
  • MY World Innovation Award
  • MY World Outreach Award
  • MY World Communications Award
  • MY World Outstanding Contribution Award

Send us your nomination!

To submit a nomination for the MY World Partner Recognition Awards, please:

Review the MY World Award Rules

Fill out the Nomination Form

Send the nomination form to awards@myworld2015.org indicating “Nomination MY World Award” in the subject line. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 26 August 2014.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Thank you,
MY World Team

AIESEC US launches partnership with 25000 vote commitment

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Charlotte, NC (August 7 2014)

AIESEC is the world’s largest student led organization, with the determination to achieve peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential.  AIESEC has representation in 124 countries. AIESEC United States works for the purpose of providing a platform to students through leadership opportunities, international internships, and provides a global learning environment. It is a space that allows young entrepreneurs to interact and engage with business leaders to open the discussion on the issues today’s youth face on a regional, national, and global scale.

On the 7 August, 2014,  the national chapter of AIESEC United States hosted the Youth to Business Forum: Inspire (#Y2BInspire). The theme for the Youth to Business Forum was Youth Empowerment in Local Communities, igniting conversation about how students can not only impact the world, but have a similar impact in their own backyards.

AIESEC US members were introduced to the AIESEC – MY World 2015 partnership and their aim to help boost youth engagement in MY World 2015 and World We Want 2015, further empowering youth voices in their communities. Presently in 33 universities around the country, AIESEC US aims to involve each of these local chapters. From Washington, to Missouri, to New York, and down to Georgia, the goal is not just to collect the voices of the students at these universities, but also to do outreach in the communities that surround their campuses and get the best representation of youth in the United States.

Together, AIESEC US has pledged to collect nearly 25,000 votes in the upcoming semester, encapsulating the American voice for MY World 2015 and The World We Want 2015.

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To learn more, visit us at http://aiesecus.org/ or contact Martha Correa-Jamison, AIESEC US, marthac@aiesecus.org

JCI Members Commit 2,522,500 million votes at 2014 JCI Global Partnership Summit

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By Carlos Suarez, JCI External Relations Manager, with edits by Bonnie Stack, JCI Communications Manager
23-25 July, 2015 – New York

Nearly 500 young active citizens from over 50 nationalities united inside the United Nations at the annual Junior Chambers International 2014 Global Partnership Summit. JCI seized this significant, timely opportunity to discuss the final push for the advancement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and explore opportunities on shaping the post-2015 development agenda. With young people joining together to increase cultural understanding and create positive change, the event was an essential gathering to engaging active citizens from all sectors of society to formulate strategic partnerships for sustainable impact. “The Millennium Development Goals represent the greatest single anti-poverty campaign in human history,” UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General Kim won-soo said.

With the MDGs as a global framework to fight poverty, it will take the combined effort of governments, the private sector and civil society to develop a successful strategy and create measurable results.  The 2014 JCI Global Partnership Summit united leaders and representatives from all sectors to address and formulate sustainable approaches to development. The UN Millennium Campaign plays an integral role in engaging young active citizens by listening to their voices and providing the platform for taking targeted action, advocating for the MDGs and the post-2015 global development agenda. As young people around the world focus on the MDGs as a targeted approach to addressing challenges, strategic JCI partners recognized the importance of long-lasting collaboration.

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