Family Day

Today is the International Day of Families

Post by Roudabeh Jamshid Eini, Global Youth Advocate

Make a global change on the International Day of Families!


Take the MY World Survey today and choose the issues that matter most for you and your family!

More than 7 million people have voted in this global survey to show decision makers what are their priorities and to be heard in the United Nations!

Details here:

If you want to be more active by creating sustainable impacts on your family, participate in the global conversation online platform at World We Want 2015! Raise your voice by contributing to the post-2015 agenda and political process!

Show to your local government officials and community leaders what are your standpoints and priorities. All hosts can analyze and visualize the solutions that other stakeholders vote as their priorities! You can read consultation reports about family issues such as: Gender, Inequality, Children & Young People, etc. Details here: World We Want 2015

In addition, if you are curious to know that how other stakeholders who mentioned “Family” voted for the given priorities, or you want to visualize how people voted above or below average, you can check it at: Here are the results for the added words “family,” “parents,” and “children”:

Family Day

Data Playground at the Cartagena Data Festival

Data Playground, Virtual Reality, and Humans of MY World Heading to Bangkok!

By Kristen Grennan, Global Youth Advocate

The Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is being held in Bangkok, Thailand from May 21-22 and the UN Millennium Campaign will be there displaying the peoples’ voices through the Data Playground, virtual reality, and Humans of MY World.

What is the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development?

The forum will be a multi-stakeholder dialogue on three key issues: (a) practical approaches for integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development; (b) the potential for a regional monitoring and accountability framework; and (c) the form and function of the Forum beyond 2015. The theme of this year’s session is “Strengthening integration, implementation and review for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.”

UN Millennium Campaign will be hosting a Data Playground at the forum for visitors to explore and interact with the MY World data, a virtual reality film screening called Clouds Over Sidra, and a Humans of MY World photo exhibition.

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What is a Data Playground?

Data Playground at the Cartagena Data Festival
Data Playground at the Cartagena Data Festival

The Data Playground is an interactive display of the MY World data. Using large touch screens, viewers can touch and play with the data, making “big data” fun and exciting. This is perfect for all ages and will be on display at the Forum in Bangkok on May 21.

Here are sample tweets you can use to post on your twitter account, so don’t be shy, join the conversation on Twitter!

  • Interact w/ @myworld2015 data on May 21 at the Data Playground at the @UNESCAP Asia Pacific Forum! #sustdevAP #APFSD
  • You’ll be in #Bangkok for the @UNESCAP Forum? Join us on 5/21 at our @myworld2015 #DataPlayground! #dataviz #bigdata  #sustdevAP #APFSD
  • Can’t wait for the #DataPlayground at the @UNESCAP Forum, showing #PeoplesVoices from around the globe! @myworld2015 #BKK #sustdevAP #APFSD
  • .@myworld2015 & @mcampaign hosting a #DATAPLAYGROUND @UNESCAP Asia Pacific Forum on #SustDev in Bangkok on 5/21! #sustdevAP #APFSD

Virtual Reality


The Millennium Campaign offers the unique opportunity to get right into the life of a little girl living in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan–thanks to the technology of virtual reality. The film Clouds Over Sidra is a virtual reality film made in collaboration with renowned virtual reality filmmaker Chris Milk that allows you to feel as if you were really in the Zaatari refugee camp with the main character, Sida. As Chris Milk recently stated in a TED Talk, “When [Sidra] is sitting in her room, you’re sitting there with her. You look down and you can see the carpet you both are sitting on. And because of that you see her humanity in a different way.” See what opportunities virtual reality has in store for the future of development!

Sample Tweets:

  • #VirtualReality brings you right into the life of a Syrian child. See #CloudsOverSidra @UNESCAP forum for yourself #VR4Dev #sustdevAP #APFSD
  • #VR4Dev? Check out #virtualreality at @UNESCAP forum in #BKK to see for yourself what it is like to be #childrenofsyria #sustdevAP #APFSD
  • #VirtualReality can change how we perceive crisis & conflict, see @UNESCAP Asia Pacific Forum @mcampaign #VR4Dev #sustdevAP #APFSD
  • Get into the world of a Syrian refugee via #virtualreality at the @UNESCAP Asia Pacific Forum! @myworld2015 #VR4Dev #sustdevAP #APFSD

Humans of MY World

Humans of MY World

The Millennium Campaign will also be hosting a photo exhibition displaying the peoples’ voices behind the data. In this intimate photo series, people explain what their top MY World priorities are for Post-2015 and why it is so important to them. Go beyond the numbers, get into the stories, and see the human side of MY World.

Finally, don’t forget to join the Peoples’ Voices Challenge!



Celebrating Families!

written by Catherine Williams – Global Youth Advocate at the UN Millennium Campaign

May 15 is the official UN International Day of Families, a day that emphasizes the international community’s importance of family needs. This year’s theme is “Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Childrens’ Rights in Contemporary Families”. A panel discussion organizied by UNDESA-DSPD will be held that day from 1:15-2:45 at UN HQ Conference Room 12. The panel will focus on men’s roles in supporting gender equality in context of the family. Patrick Parkinson, Law Professor at the University of Sydney, will moderate the panel and presentations will include themes such as:

“Changing families around the world: The American family in a global context” Frank Furstenberg, Zellerbach Family Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

“Gender and equality in Muslim family law” Marwa Sharafaldin, Women’s rights activist & Board Member, Musawah (The Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family) International Advisory Group)

“Gender equality and children’s rights in family laws: An African perspective” Fareda Banda, Professor of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

“Family violence prevention in South Asia with a focus on India” Srimati Basu, Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky


The 2015 focus on this day will also highlight prevention of family violence through fair family law frameworks and a variety of programme interventions. These themes of violence and gender equality are critical for creating truly sustainable post-2015 goals and are a big focus of the World We Want campaign. The focus on men brings to light men’s roles in taking charge of a more feminist world and the need for those roles to be understood and actualized for a more equal world and home. Equality starts in the home and one way men can contribute to a more equal world is making sure that equality is reflected in their family roles. The discussions will provide global perspectives on the importance of these issues in their countries and how they can be achieved in those cultures.

You can follow @UNDESADSPD @WorldWeWant2015 for more information and join the discussion on twitter using the hashtags: #Action2015 #ForPeople #DayofFamilies

Check out the data on family and find out more about the peoples voices coming from the global conversation via


Nosotros Los Pueblos- Celebrando 7 millones de voces


Más de 7 millones de personas han participado en la encuesta MI Mundo porque queremos que ustedes, los líderes del mundo, sepan exactamente qué queremos nosotros, los pueblos. Les pedimos que tengan en cuenta esas opiniones, que representan las esperanzas y sueños de 1 de cada 1.000 personas del planeta; esperanzas y sueños de una vida mejor.

Voten, escuchen y actúen en 2015. Trabajando juntos podemos ser la generación que termine con la pobreza y conserve el planeta.

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#bringbackourgirls 1 year after – New York City lights up the Empire State Building and vows to never forget!

by Austin Schiano – World We Want 2015 Coordination Associate 

It was a deeply emotional moment when on Monday April 13th at 11:00am in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza across for the United Nations in New York City, U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), joined in solidarity alongside political representatives, members of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development, and UN leaders to support #BringBackOurGirls after the tragic 1-year anniversary of Boko Haram’s kidnapping of 270 Nigerian schoolgirls from school in their town of Chibok. In a gesture of resilience, the conference was attended by: fellow survivors of violence, local high school students, members of civil society, leaders of faith, international human rights advocates, the public, along with many members of the World We Want 2015 Policy and Strategy Group (PSG).


Rep. Maloney’s firm stance against this injustice, along with powerful words, also drew significant media attention. The Guardian published an article the following day on April 14th, which draws our attention to the global protests of those also outraged by this mass abduction. Congresswoman Maloney proudly announced that on the night of April 14th, the Empire State Building would be lit purple and red in recognition of our solidarity with these young women and their families. Red for #BringBackOurGirls and Purple for Ending Violence Against Women. Rep. Maloney made special note to extend her sincere thanks on this matter, recognizing that this lighted display will be a great awareness tool for all those who can view the tower.

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Others followed the Congresswoman’s passionate call to “Bring Back our Girls”!! with Dr. Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome from #BringBackOurGirls. Margo LaZaro, Co-Chair of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development (NGOCSD) and PSG member thanked the Congresswoman for her voracity, re-iterating the importance of this message. Indeed it was at a meeting of the NGOCSD, that Congresswoman Maloney was inspired to facilitate this public discussion. Mr. Lawal Mohammed Hamidu, the Minister of Counter Terrorism of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN spoke to those assembled, providing an update on the work being done by his country to search for these young women. Many others also made impassioned calls for justice. These included Consolee Nishimwe, Survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; along with Vivian Adhiambo Onano, Youth Representative & Advisor to UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group & African Leadership Academy; Ayana Gay Student & President of St. Joseph’s High School’s “Girls vs. Trafficking Club” and Ravi Karkara Co-Chair of the World We Want 2015 PSG who reminded us of the importance to engage men and boys in enduring this struggle. The image of the United Nations Headquarters in the background of this speech, pushed the crowd on toward substantive action.

In solemn reflection, the High School students in attendance have tied 223 ribbons around the trees and railings that surround Dag Hammerskjold Plaza. This gesture is meant to represent one ribbon for each girl still missing of the original 270 girls taken captive, some of which have been able to escape.

This act of abduction is just a particular instance of violence against women, one that illustrates a trend, which has become all too common in our world. We are severely inhibited in our attempts at development, if we cannot guarantee the safety and right to education, of all our women and girls. This claim is further strengthened by research and reflective data conducted around the topic. Several innovative data visualizations, which display this crucial connection, can be viewed at

For those of us that traverse these grounds regularly, and will pass these ribbons as they shall fade in the rain and sun, let us not forget the hopes they represent.

More information can be found at:

Congresswoman Maloney: @RepMaloney

#BringBackOurGirls: @BBOG_Nigeria #BringBackOurGirls

World We Want 2015: @WorldWeWant2015

NGO Committee on Sustainable Development: @MargoLaZaro

Consolee Nishimwe: @nconsolee

Vivian Onano: @vivianonano

Ravi Karkara: @ravikarkara

FEMNET: @FemnetProg

MI JALISCO 2015: Over 100,000 citizen voices building a better and sustainable world

By Karol Alejandra Arámbula Carrillo, Global Youth Advocate for MY World 2015 and MI JALISCO’s Managing Director


Six months have passed since the implementation of MY World began in Jalisco, Mexico. Over 100,000 votes have been collected in 35 municipalities, and more than 50 institutions have joined our efforts. We are still mobilizing thousands of votes all over the state to reach our 200,000 goal thanks to the incredible work of many of our partners in the public and private sector, along with the fantastic contributions made by dozens Civil Society Organizations. Other states within Mexico such as Oaxaca, Durango, Veracruz and Michoacán have also had small contributions thanks to Jalisco’s volunteer team. 43% of our voters are young people 30 and under, and 52% are women. The six most voted priorities are A good education; Better job opportunities; An honest and responsive government; Protection against crime and violence; Better healthcare and Affordable and nutritious food. 300 young volunteers from 70 institutions – nearly 70% of them women – have been the main drivers of this remarkable citizens’ initiative. For the first time since the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals and the construction of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Jalisco’s population works along the United Nations to advocate for real, democratic and inclusive sustainable development policies. jalisco2

MY World volunteers in Jalisco have demonstrated that resources and financial constraints are not an obstacle to have everyone represented, especially the most marginalized and vulnerable communities. Over 85% of the entire voting process has been implemented offline, ensuring that the voices of the unheard are fully reflected in the results. Volunteers have received basic materials to undertake this survey, but most of the resources such as transportation or access to certain facilities, has been covered by them. Continue reading MI JALISCO 2015: Over 100,000 citizen voices building a better and sustainable world

“我的世界”调查| 数据告诉你大家到底关心什么! Youthink China Survey Data Shows What People Really Care About

By Evonne Tang, Youthink Center
(English Translation by Alice Chen, UN Millennium Campaign)

Initiated by the United Nations, the “MY World” survey has been going on for over a month’s time in China through the outreach of Youthink Center and many other partners. So far, we have not only assembled a large team of volunteers, but also encouraged more regions in China to participate, improving the “MY World” survey’s overall participation.

Volunteers come from all over the world, including the 27 provinces and four municipalities, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions, and the U.S. and the U.K., most of which are volunteers from Beijing.

: This map of China shows the top 10 regions/areas with the largest number of volunteers collecting the survey
This map of China shows the top 10 regions/areas with the largest number of MY World volunteers collecting the survey

“My World” survey data is also very interesting. Look at the overall survey ranking: Globally, “MY World” has over 7.26 million responses; Mexico so far has the greatest number of responses, totaling more than 1.58 million votes (1.5% of the total population).

China (as of March 20) has a voter turnout of nearly 80,000 people, putting China at the 8th spot in terms of country votes. However, because of China’s huge population base, this figure could become even greater. Through our efforts, if we can get more people to participate in activities, China will become a force to be reckoned with in the MY World survey.

Country rankings based on number of MY World votes
Country rankings based on number of MY World votes

Looking at the global data, the highest priority is “A better education.” However, the top Chinese vote is for “Better roads and traffic.” (Perhaps this is because of the hordes of people who are squeezed tightly on the subway, or because the roads are often blocked, so this vote might reflect voters in China are not very satisfied with the current state of traffic and transportation, which can improve). Continue reading “我的世界”调查| 数据告诉你大家到底关心什么! Youthink China Survey Data Shows What People Really Care About

Cartagena Data Festival: Data Playground Reception

cartagena data playground

The United Nations Millennium Campaign, UNDP Colombia, and Telefonica are inviting participants of the Cartagena Data Festival and other distinguished guests from civil society, government, the private sector and local media to the Data Playground Reception.

Surrounded by the walls of the beautiful colonial house of Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) in Cartagena, the event will showcase some of the innovative work on data for development already underway within the UN system and private sector.

During the cocktail reception, attendees will have the opportunity to explore an exhibition of innovative and interactive data derived from the UN Millennium Campaign, UNDP Colombia and Telefonica that shows progress on the Millennium Development Goals, climate solutions, citizen-derived perceptions on the next development agenda and more.

Date: 22 April at from 18:00 to 20:00 Venue: CFCE – Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española en Cartagena de Indias Centro, Carrera 36 N° 2-74, Plaza Santo Domingo RSVP by 19 April 2015:

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Para culminar el Festival de Datos de Cartagena, PNUD Colombia, la Campana de Desarrollo del Milenio de Naciones Unidas y Telefónica-Movistar se complacen en invitar al: Festival de Revolución de datos para el Desarrollo

Se presentaran visualizaciones innovadoras e interactivas sobre los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio, cambio climático y compromiso ciudadano sobre el dialogo global para la próxima agenda de desarrollo: los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible.

Fecha: 22 Abril, 18:00 to 20:00 Lugar: CFCE – Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española en Cartagena de Indias Centro, Carrera 36 N° 2-74, Plaza Santo Domingo. Se ruega confirmar la asistencia antes del 19 de abril a:

Visualizing the Road to an Open, Inclusive, and Transparent UN System

By Juan Chebly, World We Want 2015 Coordinator

Do you think we can we have an open, inclusive and transparent UN system?

World We WantBack in 2012, after a decade of international efforts to end poverty, the world was ready to start thinking of a new Sustainable Development Agenda. To be launched in 2015, this agenda is to be the “most inclusive development agenda the world has ever seen” according to Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Following this mandate, the United Nations and Civil Society kick-started a ‘Global Conversation’ to be captured by the World We Want 2015 platform. A joint venture between the UN system and civil society organizations, with oversight by an open and multi-stakeholder Policy Strategy Group (PSG), features voices from more than 8 million people worldwide. The synthesis and aggregation of consultations has been fed into the official post-2015 political global process as Peoples’ Voices Briefs.

In order to make sense of the massive and substantive wealth of information being gathered by the Global Conversation, cutting-edge data-mining technology and powerful visualizations were designed and purpose built. The Visualizing Peoples’ Voices App has been featuring hundreds of outcome documents from UN-led and Civil Society-led consultations worldwide, and has been the main tool for the UN system to understand and make sense out of the ‘Global Conversation’ on post-2015.

World We WantAfter the first two sessions of post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations and working closely with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Millennium Campaign has added new capabilities to the World We Want 2015 platform that allow anyone to quickly see which member states and civil society organizations are supporting specific thematic areas during the post-2015 negotiations. This powerful tool gives you a bird’s eye view of everything that has formally been submitted, and can help target specific supportive messages to specific member states as well as building novel, issue-based advocacy partnerships across traditional regional boundaries.

Never before have negotiations been visible through such an open way in near-real-time.  A particularly interesting use of this tool is to see which countries are advocating for the same things, though they might not readily know each other’s positions.  For example, the EU, the LDC bloc, Canada, Turkey and Japan are all advocating for “Private Investment”, and a group of 10 member states, including Pakistan, New Zealand and the USA are all specifically mentioning the importance of  the “energy+health” nexus. It is also interesting to compare and contrast what member states said in January with the positions of civil society groups.

As negotiations on ‘review and follow up’ of the post-2015 agenda happen later this May, it will be interesting to see how citizen participation in the style of the ‘Global Conversation’, including the MY World Survey, and extensive UN and Civil Society consultations, can be institutionalized. Social participation is key to achieving social inclusion and accountability, where governments are accountable to their people. After all, better informed governments can make better decisions, and innovative tools such as the People’s Voices App can help bridge this gap.

For more information, see the guide on how to visualize member state declarations via

El liderazgo de la juventud dominicana en la construcción de un mundo mejor | Mildred Samboy

Escrita por Mildred Samboy y fue originalmente publicada en la página web de PNUD

pnud_do_blogmsamboy02A las 5 de la madrugada de un domingo cualquiera, se despiertan más de 400 jóvenes voluntarios/as y se encaminan a una labor encomiable: escuchar historias de vida y prioridades de la gente de su comunidad, de su barrio, de su pueblo. Es precisamente esa labor que busca lograr una agenda integrada, inclusiva, y participativa. Sin este ejercicio tan importante de garantizar la participación ciudadana, miles de voces no pudieran ser escuchadas y acogidas en el proceso de esta encuesta, en fin, no fuera una realidad tal y como podemos presenciarlo gracias a la labor de este grupo de  jóvenes.

La iniciativa de la Encuesta Mi Mundo, ha demostrado ser un proceso revolucionario en lo concerniente a la movilización ciudadana, activa y con especial atención a garantizar la participación de diversas generaciones y de empoderar a ese grupo tan importante de la sociedad como lo conforma la juventud. El año 2015, no solo promete un año de renovación en la aprobación de una nueva Agenda de Desarrollo Post-2015 y de seguir posicionando al ser humano al centro del desarrollo sin dejar de lado la sostenibilidad, sino que por igual, se celebra el 20 aniversario del Programa de Acción Mundial para Jóvenes.

No quedan de lado los esfuerzos y avances que se han podido palpar en los últimos 20 años en la región, con especial atención en la República Dominicana: una Ley Nacional de Juventud, un Reglamento de aplicación de la ley, un Ministerio de la Juventud, entre otros esfuerzos. Por otro lado, los desafíos que se conjugan en el día a día de la juventud dominicana, aprecian la necesidad mayores oportunidades de desarrollo, empoderamiento, inclusión en las estrategias y políticas nacionales que refuercen los derechos y garantías de este 38.1% de la población dominicana.

El PNUD lanzó en 2014 la Estrategia Global para la Juventud: “Juventud Empoderada, Futuro Sostenible” , la cual destaca la importancia del empoderamiento económico de la juventud, el compromiso cívico y la participación de la juventud en la toma de decisiones, la vida política y las instituciones públicas y el fortalecimiento de la participación de la juventud en la construcción de resiliencia. Estos enfoques establecen 4 elementos esenciales para llevar a cabo estos puntos tales como el desarrollo de capacidades, promoción e integración, liderazgo de ideas, y políticas nacionales.

De cara al IV Foro de Jóvenes de las Américas a celebrarse del 8 al 10 de abril del año en curso en la ciudad de Panamá, se entiende como un escenario de gran importancia para fusionar estos esfuerzos tales como el del aumento de la participación política de la juventud en la región y el mejoramiento de la participación juvenil en la Agenda de Desarrollo Post-2015.

La República Dominicana muestra cómo el liderazgo juvenil ha sido un factor fundamental para que todas las voces sean escuchadas en la construcción de la nueva agenda de desarrollo, tomando en cuenta la movilización de más de 1,000 jóvenes voluntarios/as en el terreno cubriendo casi todas las provincias del país y alcanzando a más de 70,000 encuestas.

Pero, a pesar de llevar ese liderazgo, ¿cuáles han sido esas prioridades expresadas por la juventud dominicana? Tomando en cuenta que en la Ley Nacional de Juventud se considera joven a las personas hasta los 35 años, más del 40% de participantes en la encuesta Mi Mundo a nivel nacional está conformado por personas entre los 16-30 años de edad. Sus prioridades son: una mejor educación, mejores oportunidades de trabajo, mejor atención médica, alimentación adecuada y a precios razonables, apoyo a las personas que no pueden trabajar y protección contra el crimen y la violencia.

Garantizar agendas integradas por y para los jóvenes debe ser nuestro norte como sociedades, así como entender que las mismas deben emerger de la retórica y convertirse en práctica con el liderazgo de la juventud como factor primordial.