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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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.

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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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 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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Involucrando a los Ciudadanos del Sur de Perú con los ODM y pos-2015

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Post cortesía del Movimiento del Milenio

“Darnos cuenta que nuestra comunidad no estaba relacionada con los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio, su impacto a nivel global y la creación de la Agenda para el Desarrollo post-2015, nos motivó a generar un cambio a través del emprendedurismo social”, cuenta Rosario Díaz Garavito, fundadora del movimiento en redes sociales The Millennials Movement.

Y es que hoy en día el equipo de voluntarios de TMM viene trabajando desde el mes de abril del año 2014, en incluir a su comunidad en uno de los procesos consultivos más inclusivos de la Organización de Naciones Unidas, dando el salto de una plataforma virtual a la vida real, en donde alrededor de 5 mil peruanos fueron capacitados e hicieron oír voz. En la región de Arequipa al sur de Perú, el equipo de voluntario de TMM realiza capacitaciones sobre la importancia del cumplimiento de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio y la creación de la nueva Agenda Para el Desarrollo a niños, jóvenes y adultos, facilitando su participación en este proceso.

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Visitando escuelas públicas y privadas, universidades, Instituciones gubernamentales y no gubernamentales y diferentes organizaciones, el equipo de voluntarios de TMM busca generar un impacto en la comunidad, mediante su participación en la encuesta My World 2015 haciendo uso de la  plataforma virtual y balotas físicas en zonas que no cuentan con computadores y /o conexión a internet, contribuyendo con el desarrollo integro de esta, enfocándose principalmente en jóvenes y niños, y generando así el dialogo entre diferentes grupos sociales que día a día se van sumando a esta iniciativa.

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A la fecha se han generado alianzas con diferentes instituciones, las mismas que colaboran con promover la encuesta, rompiendo las barreras del desconocimiento y la burocracia, es así que la Red Arequipa Voluntaria, la Municipalidad Provincial de Arequipa, la Beneficencia Pública de Arequipa y el Ministerio de Desarrollo e Inclusión Social, junto al aliado The Millennials Movement forman parte del equipo impulsor de My World 2015 en Arequipa y vienen sumando esfuerzos con otras organizaciones como el Club de Leones, la Marina de Guerra del Perú entre otros, a fin de contribuir con el desarrollo de nuestra comunidad y de todos sus miembros.

“Es necesario empoderar a nuestra comunidad para lograr un cambio significativo, un cambio que permita que muchas más personas puedan vivir en condiciones adecuadas, que aseguren su desarrollo integro y el de las próximas generaciones, es por eso que estamos comprometidos con generar un impacto positivo en nuestra comunidad”. Agregó Rosario, con la alegría de ser parte de una nueva generación de jóvenes que buscan un mundo mejor para la comunidad global.

Hasta ahora, 69% de los votantes tienen menos que 15 años de edad. 28% tienen entre 16-30 años de edad.

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Call for Nominations for MY World Partner Recognition Awards!

Dear MY World Partner,

We are delighted to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2014 MY World Partner Recognition Awards. This year $)A !/ s 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:

Send the nomination form to awards@myworld2015.org indicating $)A !0 Nomination MY World Award !1 in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is 17 August 2014. 

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Thank you,
MY World Team

Children International Gives Children and Youth a Say at the UN

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For the first time, the UN is allowing people to have a direct say in shaping a better world – and Children International Is helping young people around the world take advantage of this opportunity

Press release and pictures all courtesy Child International – ©2014 Children International

Kansas City, MO (August 6, 2014) For the first time, the United Nations is allowing people to have a direct say in shaping a better world, and Children International is helping the nearly 340,000 impoverished children and youth it serves take advantage of this opportunity.

The UN has created two platforms – “MY World” and “The World We Want 2015” – with a specific version of the latter for children under 18 called “The World Children Want.” These platforms allow people to voice their opinions about what should be a priority for the global development process starting in 2015, at which point the UN’s Millennium Development Goals will expire. The UN has been working with governments everywhere to define the next global agenda to address extreme poverty and preserve the planet. The quantitative data from “MY World” and the qualitative data from “The World We Want 2015” will continue to inform these processes and be used by decision-makers around the world.

“I want this to be the most inclusive global development process the world has ever known,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a video about creating the post-2015 agenda.

Children International is making sure that the hundreds of thousands of young people living in the impoverished communities it serves are able to have their voices heard by the UN through the “MY World” and “The World Children Want” surveys. Children International computer labs are available in 10 countries for children to fill out the surveys online, and Children International staff and volunteers are also assisting children and youth with paper ballots. Several of Children International’s locations will have the children and youth fill out the surveys as part of their International Youth Day activities on August 12.

UN Surveys 1Somnath, a Children International sponsored youth from India who recently completed the “MY World” survey, said, “It means a lot to fill in this survey. I am so overjoyed and excited …It’s an opportunity for me to make myself heard and my opinion matter.”

 

Rukshar, a Children International sponsored youth also from India, said, “It is important to listen to the voices of children and youth because the policies being made for the future concern us, and it is sensible to take into consideration our opinions and concerns to get a holistic view.”

 

Anyone can add their voice to the “MY World” survey, and children between the ages of 8 and 18 can add their voice to “The World Children Want” survey. Join the “World We Want 2015” discussion!

See where Children International works to serve impoverished children and youth around the world.

About Children International

Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.

For more information about Children International, visit www.children.org.

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 .@Children_Intl gives children a voice at @UN via @myworld2015 & @WorldWeWant2015 #post2015

For more information please contact:

  • Christy Howard, Corporate Communications, Children International, Direct:  (816) 943-3730, Email: choward@children.org
  • Brittany Gelbach, Public Relations, Children International, Direct: (816) 943-3832, Email: bgelbach@children.org

The UN Foundation supports the UN Global Vote for a Better World

MY World wants to thank the UN Foundation for creating this great video and supporting the UN #globalvote for a better world

WHY DOES YOUR VOTE MATTER?
You’re part of a global vote at the United Nations, allowing people for the first time to have a direct say in shaping a better world. The votes matter. The UN is working with governments everywhere to define the next global agenda to address extreme poverty and preserve the planet. The data from MY World continues to inform these processes and be used by decision makers around the world.

“I want this to be the most inclusive global development process the world has ever known” -UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon