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.

 

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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La voz de Latinoamérica en el diseño de los objetivos de desarrollo sustentable

Por Juan Elias Chebly, Coordinator, World We Want 2015. Publicada originalmente en la Revista Humanum,  junio de 2014.

Mientras las naciones del mundo se reúnen para debatir los nuevos objetivos de desarrollo sustentable, y la nueva agenda de desarrollo para los próximos 15 años, muchos se preguntan qué dice Latinoamérica en esta conversación global.

La Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) ha diseñado dos plataformas para escuchar las voces de la gente. La primera, MI Mundo 2015, es una encuesta mundial que mide preferencias en el tema de desarrollo. MI Mundo ha alcanzado a más de dos millones de personas de 194 países. Las prioridades con más cantidad de votos a nivel global son “Una buena educación”, “Mejor atención medica”, “Un gobierno honesto y receptivo”, y “Mejores oportunidades de trabajo”.

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La segunda plataforma, The World We Want 2015, es un portal que permite participar, visualizar y analizar de manera temática las diversas consultas y conversaciones que ha habido en los últimos meses sobre desarrollo sostenible, desde las que han sostenido los expertos hasta las opiniones de las y los ciudadanos. Las dos soluciones permiten recolectar y amplificar las diferentes voces para que sean tomadas en cuenta en el proceso de negociación de los nuevos Objetivos de Desarrollo Sustentable.

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Los resultados de la encuesta MI Mundo muestran más de 142,000 votos provenientes de 31 países de Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Para los latinoamericanos las prioridades con más votos son: “Una buena educación”, “Mejor atención médica”, “Un gobierno honesto y receptivo”, y “Protección contra el crimen y la violencia”. La protección del ambiente también es de gran importancia. La “Protección de bosques, ríos y océanos” y “Medidas para combatir el cambio climático” figuran más altas en la lista de la región, en comparación con los resultados globales.

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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.

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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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  • Christy Howard, Corporate Communications, Children International, Direct:  (816) 943-3730, Email: choward@children.org
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“Have Your Say at the United Nations” Campaign continues to ensure Thai voices are heard

Text adapted from the original Press release by Supavadee Pink Chotikajan, UN Thailand

Since the launch of the 2013 MY World campaign entitled “Mark a Difference,” over 70,000 people in Thailand have participated in MY World survey.  Thailand is among the top 10 countries with the most votes collected in the MY World Survey. This is a result of the strong partnerships between the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and 60 other agencies in Thailand to promote the MY World.

The “Have Your Say at the United Nations” campaign in Thailand builds on the success of last year.  Its official publicity launch was co-hosted by the UN and Procter & Gamble Thailand Ltd. on 15 July at Esplanade Ratchada, Bangkok.   The event was opened by a beautiful performance by Satit Prasarnmit School singing to the song “Heal the World” by Michael Jackson and “Happy” by Pharell Williams.

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Acknowledging the importance of Thais’ voices, the UN selected Thailand to be one of the 20 countries to launch the “Have Your Say at the United Nations” campaign.  For the first time, this campaign brought the MY World Podiumto Thailand.  Signed by Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, the Podium is travelling the world to gather people’s opinions on issues that are most important to them and their families.  “The Podium signifies that the UN will always reach out to hear your voices no matter where you are,” stated Mr. Luc Stevens, UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand.

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First Offline Mobilisation in China: 3,000 Factory Workers Vote For a Better World

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By Alice Chen, MY World Communications Team

Over 3,000 factory workers from rural Shanxi Province voted for a better world through the MY World Global survey.

When the factory manager heard about the United Nations MY World survey through relatives who lived abroad, she became curious and searched online to learn more about the MY World survey. She found the video with Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, encouraging more people in China to vote for a better world. Although the idea seemed distant to her at first, the Secretary-General’s words and the video by Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zoleka Mandela struck a cord and she became convinced and was able to inspire over 3,000 of her employees to take the survey with her and tell the United Nations what they thought would make the world a better place.

Most of these factory workers are women and migrant workers, which means they do not live in the province they currently work in but travel thousands of miles from home. Most of them only see their husband, wife, son, or daughter once a year during Chinese Lunar New Year. One of the factory workers said, “no one has ever asked me what I wanted before, and now the United Nations is asking me!”

Right now, over 15,000 people have already taken the survey in in China, and partners such as ShiQing are preparing for a massive offline effort to engage China in MY World. People young and old are joining online and offline in this effort. In this video, a 10 year old girl, with the help of her parents, told the UN that the most important thing for her is to protect the environment, because she wants her birds to have a home. So many of these stories are happening in China and people online and offline are joining the MY World survey to tell the United Nation what it is they truly care about.

For more information:

  • MY World Data results for Shiqing
  • MY World Data results for China

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