Decision makers and influencers present findings and show support for MY World and World We Want Platforms

NEW YORK (5 Mar 2014)- The United Nations Post-2015 One Secretariat highlighted progress and emerging findings from the UN Millennium Development Campaign’s newest platforms to capture citizen’s voices, priorities and views to inform the post-2015 agenda: The MY World survey, and The World We Want, during a side session of the Ninth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals on 4 March 2014 . Representatives from the  the President of the General Assembly’s Office, Permanent Missions to the UN, UN Agencies and its affiliates, Civil Societies, Youth Organizations, and Students and Professors participated in the session.

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Attendees of the meeting listening to the presentation prior to exploring the multimedia exhibit

ImageThe event was moderated by Olav Kjørven, Special Advisor to the UNDP Administrator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Mr. Kjørven delivered country reports to the various attending member state delegates, showing them the results of both platforms.

This event – significant in the unification of decision makers, policy influencers and advocates — highlighted the results of MY World and the World We Want. To date 1.5 million votes have been captured since the survey originally became available online, by SMS, and by paper ballot in early 2013, and since it was officially launched in September 2013 by the UN Secretary General.  In tandem, the World We Want hosts the 88 national and 11 thematic consultations that have taken place to capture the voice of civil societies. Both of these platforms have been gathering people’s voices to better inform the decision making process for the post-2015 development agenda, the major negotiations of which are ongoing through September 2014. The survey will be available until December 2015.

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The survey takes special care to ensure that even the most vulnerable groups have access to the vote. “We found that many people did not have access to the website and that SMS was primarily used by men,” began Mr. Sering Falu Njie, Deputy Director, UN Millennium Campaign. “The most wonderful part of this survey is not only that it is available online, but that we have amazing support from over 700 partners at country level who are going out with paper and pen and making sure that even grandmothers, or young children in remote villages can vote. In addition, we are incorporating civil society led consultations side by side with the UNDG led consultations and sustainable development solution databases. This consolidates the various inputs on the World We Want platform, making it a one-stop-shop for the post-2015 sustainable development conversation.”

ImageAnother important contribution of these different platforms is the way the data can be disaggregated by region, gender, age, and education level –a proxy for income. “We can easily compare the vote of poor young women in Bulgaria to those in Britain and Benin,” said Mr. Paul Ladd, Head of the team on the UNDP Post 2015 Development Agenda. “We can also track tweets about the different priorities to see what people are talking about in social media and compare whether they are in line.”

Image“MY World is the one of the most useful inputs we have had in a UN process,” emphasized Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN. “This is sending an important message to member states by its citizens; and we are listening.”

ImageMr. Nicolas Pron gave remarks on behalf of The President of the 68th General Assembly, Ambassador John Ashe, who was unable to attend. “As we shape the contours of this new framework, I think it is fair to say that the openness, transparency and inclusiveness of this process have been unprecedented. People around the world have joined in this global conversation and are sharing their hopes and aspirations for the world they want. Through online and offline consultations, The World We Want platform has given voice to over a million people who have come forth with their concerns and priorities and I am looking forward to hearing more about your findings this evening. ”

Following the short speeches, members of the UN Millennium Campaign assisted visitors in accessing the data on the various TV screens located around the exhibit. It is currently in the UNICEF Danny Kaye Visitors Center lobby.

Every opinion counts

IMG_0174Volunteers engaged young people in Azerbaijan in an open conversation about their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda.

BAKU, October 2013 – “If I had a chance to be born again, I would choose to be born nowhere else but in my village. I don’t want to move to the city, I just want to be able to get everything I need as a young person in my village,” said 19-year-old Firuza Guliyeva from the remote rural area in Gedebey during the National Youth Consultations held in Shirvan, Azerbaijan. For young people to be heard and considered during decision making came up as one of the most salient themes during the national consultation process in Azerbaijan – part of the ongoing global conversations being led by the UN and world leaders to build a collective vision of a new post-2015 development framework. Continue reading “Every opinion counts”

New data visualization depicts MY World open option

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As the MY World votes increase, so do the ways we can look at the data.  Out of more than 1.2 million votes worldwide, more than 100,000 people opted to write in to the free text ’17th option’. Many of these comments reinforced issues voted on in the 16 priorities – education, heath, jobs – but some additional and more nuanced issues have been raised including animal rights, child labor and HIV/AIDS.

Complementing the existing MY World analytic page and heat map his new visualization by researchers at NYU Poly, created in collaboration with UN Global Pulse, shows the most common phrases entered in the open option and how people voted on the MY World 16 options in relation when they raised additional issues. For example, the visualization shows that people who raised the issue of animal rights, were less likely to vote on better job opportunities than the global average.  Continue reading “New data visualization depicts MY World open option”

Over one million people speak at the United Nations

1,130,000 people have answered MY World, the United Nations global survey to citizens- voting for education, health, honest and responsive government and jobs as basis for a better future. 

Results from MY World are being presented to world leaders during the 68th UN General Assembly session in New York through a report and an innovative and interactive new exhibit called “Listening to ONE MILLION Voices.”

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Continue reading “Over one million people speak at the United Nations”

Message from Ms. Amina Mohammed: My World is close to hit 800,000 votes, thank you for your support!

We are please to communicate that thanks to your support over 780,000 citizens from 194 countries have already voted for the issues that would make the most difference to their lives.

Listen to the inspiring words of Amina J. Mohammed, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advisor on the Post-2015 Agenda, recognizing the impact of the results gathered so far.

We encourage you to continue promoting MY World to your networks and help us to meet the one million votes target before the UN General Assembly arrival in September.

MY World success would have not been possible without the support of over 700 civil society organizations, youth groups, faith organizations, corporations and global personalities who have helped promote the MY World survey.

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The Anglican Alliance working with MY World to empower grassroots communities in Bangladesh.

Women in Bangladesh cast their votes.
Women in Bangladesh cast their votes.

The Church of Bangladesh (COB), inspired by the Anglican Alliance, has taken the United Nations MY World survey to local villagers in Bangladesh, translated into Bangla, to give these remote communities the opportunity to have their say in decisions for the post-2015 development agenda.

Villagers have filled out the survey with great enthusiasm, and the opportunity to speak out has particularly engaged local women, who are honoured to have the opportunity to voice their needs and concerns to the United Nations and the global high-level panel, hearing that the results of the survey will also be shared with the Secretary-General of the UN as well as other global leaders. Continue reading “The Anglican Alliance working with MY World to empower grassroots communities in Bangladesh.”

‘MY World’ gives children with special needs a voice in Thailand

United Nations and P&G take UN global survey to school for disabled Thai children
United Nations and P&G take UN global survey to school for disabled Thai children

Siriporn dreams of being a singer. Atikom wants to grow up and become a soldier.

But for these two Thai children and many more around the world, obstacles have been put in their way.  Some have come from poor families, while others have been abandoned by their parents. Some are removed from homes by local authorities and placed in special homes and schools.

The 130 children at the Ratchaburi Home for Intellectually Disabled Children in Ratchaburi have faced plenty of tough circumstances, but the school as an advocate in their director, Prasert Pavintada.

“We want to hear what help these children need from us, the government and society. Then we can improve and get more support from communities,” said Pavintada. Continue reading “‘MY World’ gives children with special needs a voice in Thailand”

UN Inter-agency collaboration drives successful MY World roll out in the Philippines

The United Nations in the Philippines marked a difference. From left to right: Ms. Eden Lumilan, UNCO Coordination Analyst; Mr. Christopher Rollo, UN-HABITAT Philippines Country Programme Manager, Ms. Ugochi Daniels, UNFPA Country Representative; Mr. Aristeo Portugal, FAO Philippines Assistant Representative (Programme); Mr. Dragoslav Djuraskovic, WFP Head of Logistics; Ms. Teresita Bagasao, UNAIDS Country Coordinator, Mr. Lawrence Jeff Johnson, ILO Country Director; Mr. Marco Boasso, IOM Philippines Chief of Mission; Mr. William Wairoa-Harrison, UNDSS Security Adviser; Dr. Sigrun Roesel, WHO Representative; Mr. Daniel Toole, UNICEF East Asia Regional Director; Ms. Luiza Carvalho, UN Resident Coordinator; Mr. Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Philippines Country Representative; and Mr. David Carden, Head of UN-OCHA.
The United Nations in the Philippines marked a difference. From left to right: Ms. Eden Lumilan, UNCO Coordination Analyst; Mr. Christopher Rollo, UN-HABITAT Philippines Country Programme Manager, Ms. Ugochi Daniels, UNFPA Country Representative; Mr. Aristeo Portugal, FAO Philippines Assistant Representative (Programme); Mr. Dragoslav Djuraskovic, WFP Head of Logistics; Ms. Teresita Bagasao, UNAIDS Country Coordinator, Mr. Lawrence Jeff Johnson, ILO Country Director; Mr. Marco Boasso, IOM Philippines Chief of Mission; Mr. William Wairoa-Harrison, UNDSS Security Adviser; Dr. Sigrun Roesel, WHO Representative; Mr. Daniel Toole, UNICEF East Asia Regional Director; Ms. Luiza Carvalho, UN Resident Coordinator; Mr. Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Philippines Country Representative; and Mr. David Carden, Head of UN-OCHA.

My World in the Philippines is going full steam ahead following a successful partnership launch and media briefing last month. From less than a thousand votes in March, the Philippines now ranks 3rd, with more than 18,000 votes.

Key to this success is the UN Country Team’s inter-agency collaboration, supported by a UN Communication Group that drives respective agencies into partnership expansion at all levels, from government, to private sector, to citizen groups. Continue reading “UN Inter-agency collaboration drives successful MY World roll out in the Philippines”