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‘我的世界’关注留守儿童-UMUNC Takes MY World Survey to “Left-Behind Children” in China

By UMUNC China Serene Lian

“优梦中国”在My World招募志愿者活动取得巨大成果之后,我们的团队进而开始思索:我们的调查结果真的能让世界知道中国真的需要什么吗?是否我们的调查能够真正覆盖多样化的中国青少年群体?我们怎样才能让处在更复杂环境中的人有机会表达自己的需求呢?

UMUNC China has worked towards made great strides in gaining support from volunteers to promote MY World in China. Our team was concerned with how to really use our data to let the world know what China really needs. Can our data really illustrate the multi-dimensions of China’s youth? How do we help those who are living in difficult situations have more opportunity to express their needs?

我们意识到这是我们的使命——优梦中国应该帮助更多需要被关注的人表达意愿,这也是这一代青年的使命。

We realized that this is our mission – for UMUNC to serve the most marginalized, bringing their voices to the forefront of development, this is also the mission of our generation of young people.

2015年3月,我们正式授命西南地区项目官员——来自重庆南开中学的周骏驰。她的到来,给了团队新的灵感。

March 2015, we are pleased to introduce the Project Officer for South Western China – her name is Junchi Zhou and she is a middle school student from Chongqing Nankai Middle School. Her arrival has brought new inspiration to the team.

在我们的身边,有这么一个群体,他们的父母为了生存,外出打工,用他们的勤劳和智慧努力改变自己和家里的命运。他们曾为社会经济的发展和稳定做出了贡献,然而他们却将自己的子女留在农村,而这些本应还是父母掌上明珠的儿童,集中起来,就组成了一个特殊的弱势群体——留守儿童。

There is a marginalized community living right beside us. Their parents have to migrate away from home to find work. For survival, these parents use their wisdom and strength to try to change the fate of their families for the better. They have also sacrificed so much to promote the sustainable and harmonious development of China’s economy and society. Yet, their sons and daughters stay behind in the village, and they have become a very unique marginalized community, called “left-behind children.”

New Project Manager
New Project Manager

2012年9月,教育部公布义务教育随迁子女超1260万,义务教育阶段留守儿童2200万。如此庞大的数字背后正是城镇化后城乡经济发展巨大差异的矛盾。

In September, 2012, the Ministry of Education announced the number of school-age children who migrated with their families to be over 12.6 million while the number of school-age children who are left behind is over 22 million. Behind this enormous number lies a tension that is a symptom of economic growth and the dramatic difference between urban-rural developments.

这是典型的中国式矛盾。This is a typical Chinese style tension.

项目官员周骏驰和孩子们)UMUNC team visiting children in rural areas
项目官员周骏驰和孩子们)UMUNC team visiting children in rural areas

父母外出打工,把孩子留在乡村,这实在是一种痛苦和无奈的现实选择,即便被父母带入城市的孩子,在森严的城乡壁垒面前,也不得不面对与城市融合的困境。Parents work in the cities while children are left behind in the villages. This is really a painful decision for parents to improve the lives of their children for the future. The issue of adapting to life in the city also comes to mind when looking into whether rural children can quickly adapt to the pace of life in urban areas.

另外,面对连篇累牍的报道,有关部门虽然加强了农村留守儿童的保障措施,甚至成立了众多的专项基金,然而,对于这些孤独地像荒草一样生长的孩子,他们缺乏的,恐怕不单是物质的保障。

“我们近距离的走入农村,走到他们中间。很难想象他们有些人甚至几乎与我们同龄。”他们面临的可能将会是无法继续的学业、早婚甚至更容易受到人身侵害。这不光需要法律的保障,更多需要的是观念的转变及政策的侧重。这才是My World与优梦中国青年发展计划合作之初的信念,我们可以用自己的双手改变世界。

“As we go into the field, joining ‘left-behind’ children and learning form them, it is hard to imagine they are the same age as us but our future looks very different.” Left-behind children have a higher probability of entering the work force or getting married at an early age. Through MY World, UMUNC would like to work with multi-stakeholders to improve this situation and to deepen the impact young people have on the world, through the action from our own two hands.

(家庭合照)Family portrait
(家庭合照)Family portrait

所以,我们去做了。

This is our resolve.

也许有些残酷,但是问题的背后需要不是更多的同情、指责,需要的是关注和解决。这正是我们要做的。这也是为什么“MY WORLD 改变世界” 携手优梦中国青年发展计划为下一个联合国千年发展目标制定议题的意义。因为我们可以用我们的诉求,将世界改造成我们需要的样子,让这个世界真正与我有关。

Reality is difficult to face, but there is no need for criticism and kindness, what is needed is empathy and working toward finding solutions. This is what we must do, and what we would like to do by working on MY World, to find meaning that fits our needs in the next development agenda.

 

Compete in the #PeoplesVoices Challenge!

Peoples' Voices Challenge

Let’s use the #peoplesvoices to remind world leaders and policymakers what’s at stake!

The Global Conversation on the Post-2015 agenda has been led by the United Nations and has gathered more than 8 million citizen voices from 194 countries. People from all corners of the world have participated in national, regional and global multi-stakeholder consultations as well as in the MY World survey.

The results from the Global Conversation have already informed Member States and United Nations discussions about the future development agenda, including the proposed Sustainable Development Goals.

As we enter the last stretch in the post-2015 process, it is important that governments and negotiators do not forget the priorities of their people.

Compete in the Peoples’ Voices Challenge!

Access and use the data collected from the Global Conversation, and take action!

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Volunteers in China Collect Over 70,000 Votes in 2 Weeks!

By Evonne Tang from Youthink Center

The Chinese youth-led organization YouThink has taken on an amazing initiative to collect MY World votes and their results have been astounding: in 2 weeks more than 3,000 volunteers in China have collected over 70,000 votes—with more offline votes yet to be counted! One volunteer, Cheng Yachan, was able to collect an astounding 1,739 votes—the highest number of votes collected by an individual!

These votes have been collected not only from mainland of China, but also from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The top three provinces with the greatest number of volunteers were Beijing, Guangdong and Shanghai. Additionally, Chinese students who are studying abroad, in countries like the United States, Britain, and France also have helped to collect survey results.

Reaching Everyone

MY World Workshop in Shiqing
MY World Workshop in Shiqing

How are volunteers getting the world out? Some volunteers have utilized social networks, messaging apps, and student unions/clubs. In order to help spread ideas and promote this kind of creative collaboration, YouThink set up several chats on QQ (an instant messaging app) that the volunteers can communicate across.

One adventurous volunteer went offline to make sure that everyone’s voices are heard. This volunteer from Yunnan province in China traveled deep into the mountains in order to collect the voices of minority ethnic groups in remote areas. Because a number of these villagers were illiterate, the volunteer had to read out all of the options and explain them to everyone. By collecting these voices, volunteers like this one are helping to ensure that the survey truly reflects the people’ ‘voices. According to the volunteer, “I may not able to drive the survey forward as quickly as I would have if I had done it online, but this should be the idea of the MY Word Survey: each individual should have their voice heard.”

In order to promote and reward this kind of passion and drive, YouThink will have awards for some of their most devoted volunteers. Winners will not necessarily be judged on how many votes they collected, but how they embodied the spirit of the MY World survey. YouThink is calling on their volunteers to send in their stories, videos and pictures, telling us how they feel and what they think about the MY World Survey.

China Results

Background data from www.myworld2015.cn

It’s interesting that in China, their number one priority is “Better transport and roads,” and second is “Support for people who can’t work,” which is very different from the global priority. “Climate change” and” Access to clean water and sanitation” are also high up (Top 5), much higher compared to global priorities.

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Background data available from www.myworld2015.cn

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World Water Day: Data & Resources

World Water Day is today! As part of this major event, share on your social media accounts what water means to you using the hashtag #WaterIs. You can pretty much put anything because, well, water is in almost everything and is an essential component to life. You would be hard pressed to find something that water isn’t.

There is a lot of water info out there and on the World We Want visualizations page there are a lot of resources you can check out to find out more information. Let’s start with a look at MY World votes for “clean water and sanitation” to see what countries had the top votes. (Access the interactive “heat map” of all of the MY World priorities here: http://map.worldwewant2015.org/)

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The darker colors show which countries prioritize water & sanitation the most. Interestingly, Senegal has prioritized water & sanitation as their #1 priority. 79% of My World survey takers in Senegal ranked water and sanitation as their top priority. Other countries that prioritize water include Morocco (60%), Mail (50%), China (45%), and Uruguay (43%). Head to the heat map and select “clean water and sanitation” to see what other countries rank water as a high priority. Are there any countries that surprise you?

 

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What are some resources you can access to learn more about water? Check out the Post-2015 Thematic Consultation Report on Water here! This PDF document will give you a complete overview on the state of the water and sanitation MDG. Find some fascinating facts? Share them on your social media outlets to spread the word about how important water is!

Want more resources? The World We Want has tagged UN-related documents and World We Want online conversations with MDG goals, so you can easily search through a theme on this interactive data visualization to find new resources. Find all of the water-related documents here: http://trends.worldwewant2015.org/discover/#topic=water&mode=type

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Los bosques, la biodiversidad, y el desarrollo humano

Blog Escrito por Juan Chebly, Coordinador del Mundo Que Queremos 2015

 

Pese a que la agenda post-2015 y los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sustentable presentan un enfoque armónico donde el bienestar del planeta, el desarrollo humano, y los derechos humanos están interrelacionados, la realidad demuestra que la aplicación del paradigma de desarrollo sustentable puede conllevar tensiones entre las políticas centradas en las personas y aquellas que se dedican su entorno(UNESCO 2005)

Esta disyuntiva también conocida como ‘la paradoja del desarrollo sustentable’ parece ser una realidad inescapable del presente. Evidencia de esta percepción son los resultados de la Conversación Global iniciada por las Naciones Unidas en torno al diseño de la agenda post-2015La Conversación Global ha capturado las prioridades y aspiraciones de más de 7 millones de personas en 194 países incluye más de 100 consultas nacionales, 11 consultas temáticas, y la encuesta MI Mundo 2015. Los resultados son capturados y visualizados en la plataforma El Mundo Que Queremos 2015.

 

La encuesta Mi Mundo 2015 lanzada en 2013 por las Naciones Unidas y aliados de la sociedad civil como herramienta de participación social en el diseño de la agenda post-2015, le permite al votante escoger 6 prioridades de 16. La información demográfica capturada incluye la edad, genero, nivel de educación, país e índice de desarrollo humano del votante. Entre las prioridades a escoger está la ‘Protección de los ríos y océanos’

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Cuando observamos los resultados de la encuesta podemos ver una tendencia interesante en cuanto a la cantidad de votos a favor de ‘La protección de bosques, ríos y océanos’ y el índice de desarrollo humano del votante. Lo que podemos observar es una relación positiva entre el índice de desarrollo humano y la cantidad de votos a favor de esta prioridad. En otras palabras mientras más alto es el índice de desarrollo humano de un grupo de votantes, más alto en la lista de prioridades figura ‘La protección de bosques, ríos y océanos’

 

Una tendencia opuesta se puede observar cuando analizamos la cantidad de votos a favor de mejoras en infraestructura y el índice de desarrollo humano. Tendencias similares se pueden apreciar cuando utilizamos herramientas de mina de datos para analizar la data cualitativa de las consultas y foros nacionales y temáticos. Un ejemplo es el análisis de los estudios de Participate Initative y de ATD Cuarto Mundoconversaciones con los más marginados. A través de estos estudios vemos como las principales prioridades de las personas viviendo en extrema pobreza tienen poca relación con la protección de los bosques, ríos y océanos. 

 

Si bien los resultados de este análisis pueden resultar un tanto intuitivos, por otro lado existen excepciones y maticesUn ejemplo es el caso de los 112 ciudadanos en pobreza extrema encuestados en los vertederos de basura de Nueva Delhi en India, donde en efecto la ‘Protecciónde bosques, ríos y océanos’ se encuentra de penúltima en la lista. Sin embargo sorprendentemente, ‘Una buena educación y ‘Un gobierno honesto y responsable’ se encuentran entre las primeras 5 prioridades. Esto se puede atribuir a que los votantes pueden percibir una conexión entre una buena educación y un buen gobierno con una vida mejor y con sus derechos humanos

 

forest3Si bien la gente suele tener prioridades inmediatas que muchas veces se sobreponen a los intereses o prioridades inter-generacionales, la gente también tiene la capacidad de entender la interconexión y relevancia del concepto de sostenibilidadGran parte del problema se puede atribuir a la falta de información. En este sentido, estas percepciones negativas se pudiesen revertir a través de la concientización – ¿y qué mejor herramienta para esto que una agenda o marco normativo ético para el desarrollo sustentable global? – un marco normativo ético anclado en el desarrollo humano y en los derechos humanos, donde el ambiente, los bosques, los ríos, y la biodiversidad son vistos no en competencia, sino como factores interdependientes de un mundo mejor para todas las personas que habitan en ély las que todavía no.

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International Day of Happiness

Today is the International Day of Happiness, and as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said, “The pursuit of happiness lies at the core of human endeavors. People around the world aspire to lead happy and fulfilling lives free from fear and want.” How can people lead these “happy and fulfilling lives”? Is it through greater gender equality, protection of forests and rivers, or a better education? All of the priorities can be seen as vehicles to bring greater happiness to people’s lives, and that is why the completion of the MDGs and the success of the SDGs are so important.

Did you know that people completing the MY World survey can also fill in their own seventeenth option for their top priorities? You can actually search to see what people filled in and how their responses compare to the overall average here! Top options that were self-entered include “health,” “animal,” “AIDS,” “child labour,” and “family.” We searched in our database for terms such as “happy,” “happiness,” “joy,” and “love,” to see what the results were:

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What are some differences you notice? By looking at the differences in the sizes of the colored circles from top to bottom, you can quickly compare what the votes were for different phrases. “A good education” was a top priority for all, and we know this because the blue circles representing “A good education” are all consistently the largest circles in the row and of similar sizes down the column.

On the right side, we see magenta for “Better job opportunities.” Interestingly, if you put the phrase “love,” then you are more likely to prioritize better job opportunities. Next to “Better job opportunities” is “Equality between men and women,” where we can see that people who selected “happiness” tended to select “Equality between men and women” below average but people who selected “happy” tented to select it above average.

Looking across the “joy” circles, we can see that those people tended to prioritize “Action taken on climate change” higher than other respondents. People who put in “happy” tended to select “Phone and internet access” more often than the average respondent.

What other patterns do you see? Head to the tool to type in any search term you can think of. Some fun suggestions are: “cars,” a type of pet, “girls,” “peace,” “citizenship.” Do you see any changes above or below average that surprises you or that you expected? Share them with us on social media via Twitter at @myworld2015 and use the hashtagh #HappyDay to let us know what you found!

Olé! Building Bridges in Spain #bb2015UN

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4 countries down, 17 countries to go! After leaving from the Netherlands, and cycling through Germany and France, the Building Bridges dynamic duo of Jilt & Teun are now in Spain.

Last Sunday, we joined Jilt & Teun in the Puerta del Sol in the center of Madrid!

Jilt & Teun are cycling down south and are currently in Andalucia, Spain. Follow the exciting Building Bridges adventure from Amsterdam to Cape Town on Twitter with #bb2015UN and on Facebook at Humans of MY World, Building Bridges & the UN Millennium Campaign!

 

Filipinos in Baguio City have their say on MY World

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On 23-27 February 2015, Ms. Rubeliza Castañeda, a volunteer with the World Youth Foundation collected 50 offline votes in the community where she live at Baguio City, Cordillera Administrative Region and this is her story:

“I started the survey on 23rd February 2015 with my family and some of neighbors. Then, I conducted my planned door-to-door survey in my community. Unfortunately, it was harder than I expected. A lot of people were reluctant to participate. Some were busy and didn’t want to be disturbed while some were simply uninterested. Fortunately, there were FIFTY people who were gracious enough to spare their time and shared their voices. Although they didn’t know what the Millennium Development Goals are nor how they were developed, they are now part of the new development agenda that is coming alive. It was true that I didn’t reach my target of collecting 500 votes but I had learned a lot from this unforgettable experience. I hope all of the 50 wonderful people will think they have made the right choices when they recall back the day they took they survey.”

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Honoring HE Dr. Palitha Kohona, Sri Lanka

photo_1_360Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 – New York

On the second floor of the UN Church Center, which serves at the location for the monthly NGO Committee on Sustainable Development meeting, the World We Want 2015 team and Policy Strategy Group, presented its first ever award for “People’s Voices Champion” to H.E. Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations.

This award was created to wish Ambassador Kohona a fond farewell as his term here at the United Nations comes to an end. It was also to recognize his career long dedication to the inclusion of global citizens, specifically youth, to use their skills to strengthen the processes within the United Nations system. Amongst this lifetime of achievements, Ambassador Kohona’s pledge to engage 1 Million youth voices in the MY World 2015 survey, stands as the single highest effort by any MY World partner to exclusively engage youth, and serves as a great example of how youth can meaningfully be included, in the MDG and SDG process.

This historic certificate was endorsed by Ms. Margo LaZaro & Ms. Yvonne O’Neal, the Co-Chairs of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development Executive Board; along with Mr. Ravi Karkara & Ms. Rosa Lizarde, UN and Civil Society Representatives along with Co-Chairs respectively, of  the World We Want 2015 Policy Strategy Group.

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Mr. Juan Chebly the World We Want 2015 Coordinator, and Mr. Austin Schiano the World We Want 2015 Coordination Associate, were also able to present the United Nations Millennium Campaign’s “7 Million Voices Report” to several influential figure. The report includes the results of the Millennium Campaign’s vast global outreach to both citizens and their governments. They presented the report to Ambassador Mary Flores Flake of Honduras; Ambassador Caleb Otto of Palau; Patrick Sciarratta, Adviser to the Mission of Sao Tome and Principe and the Executive Director of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation; and last but certainly not least, Ornesha Reagan with the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

This ceremonial presentation occurred at the culmination of what was an enlightening conversation by several of the presenters on the virtues and developments being made in regard to eco-tourism. It included the efforts which are being steadfastly undertaken to ensure that the natural beauty of this world can be enjoyed by all, including preventing the exploitation of, or danger to, flora and fauna by visiting individuals. From the ancient temples that nurtured Buddhist philosophy and untouched forests of Sri-Lanka, to the magnanimous reefs and marine life off the coast of Honduras, this was truly a beautiful and enlightening discussion.  It was especially touching to hear the presenting Ambassadors express and describe the unmatched heritage and geography of their homeland, creating a personal connection that is rarely present in ministerial discussion.

The World We Want 2015 recognizes the fantastic efforts and dedication of the NGO Committee for planning this event, and looks forward to the future promotion of other such congratulations.  It is precisely this sort of event, which allows for us to complete the crucial task of ensuring that the voices of citizens, are brought to their representatives.

-Blog by Austin Schiano, World We Want Coordination Associate

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ECOSOC Youth Forum

The ECOSOC Youth Forum brought young people from around the globe to come together to discuss ways in which young people can and are helping to manage the shift from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The forum also addressed ways to ensure that the needs and priorities of all youth are at the center of the future development agenda and its implementation. It was a platform for youth to engage in dialogue with Member States and contribute to policy formulation on economic and social aspects.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the forum
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the forum

The forum consisted of a number of speakers and panels that spoke about these issues, and then there were occasionally follow-up breakout sessions and interactive discussions to give young people in attendance the opportunity to voice their opinions. In these sessions, notes were made to ensure that the necessary UN representative members and staff heard young people’s opinions. Additionally, young people could bring back what they learned from the forum to their organizations around the world, specifically sharing new ideas for how youth can be engaged in the future SDGs.

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MY World was a strong focal point for the opening event because it gives young people the ability voice their vote and become engaged in the future SDGs. Through this simple survey, national representatives can see what their people are voting for as their priority and compare it to the world populations’ results. In his opening remarks, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commented that, “Seven million people responded to the UN’s My World survey. Seventy percent of them were under the age of 30. The input of youth has been crucial to developing the next generation of sustainable development goals. Young people’s views were reflected in my synthesis report on the post-2015 agenda. I proposed a set of six elements that are critical to sustainable development: Dignity, People, Prosperity, Planet, Partnership and Justice. All of these matter to youth.”

An amazing and inspiring video by a high school girl highlighted the importance of the MY World survey and youth engagement in the next round of SDGs. The video was presented to the entire youth forum at the end of final remarks. Be sure to share the video with your friends and family so they understand the importance of the MY World survey and the SDGs: