How the United Nations is using Virtual Reality

On the 20 April, Kristin Gutekunst, Executive Producer of the UN SDG Action Campaign and project lead on UNVR, and David Cravinho, Global Fundraising Specialist for UNICEF presented at the Virtual Reality Show in London. Joining top brands from creative, technology, hardware agencies, as well as government institutions and NGOS, the show provided an opportunity to present the UNVR system’s achievements, future strategy and establish the UNVR brand as an industry leader in using interactive experiences for social impact.

In this video, Kristin Gutekunst gives an overview on the various ways the United Nations system has been using VR to allow people to step into the shoes of people around the world – creating deep human connections and fighting preconceptions. She discusses the many ways the UN system has been testing these films; potential impact on fundraising, high level advocacy, and educational programs. She also give hints about some of the big plans in store.

David Cravinho provides best practices and lessons learned on the initial findings from UNICEF’s global project to incorporate VR into their fundraising strategy, and showcases some of the innovative ways UNICEF National Committees are using it in the field through face-to-face-fundraising.

The show was an arena for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality professionals and enthusiasts to explore experiences, witness panels and meet the top brands and innovators working in the fields of social impact, education, automotive, gaming, medicine, amusement parks, space, etc.

For more information about the UNVR program, please visit www.UNVR.org

New video: We the Peoples'- Journey from the MDGs to MY World to the SDGs

We reflect with pride on how much has been achieved; the call for action on the Millennium Development Goals has resonated across the globe, and peoples from all corners of the world have participated in consultations on the future development agenda, as well as in the unprecedented MY World survey, which gathered over 8.5 million votes from 194 countries.

We are delighted to celebrate the historic agreement on the 2030 Agenda and the ‪Sustainable Development Goals‬. This is truly an inclusive and transformative people’s agenda which will guide us in the years to come. www.myworld2030.org

Leaders at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) vote for a better world

My world 3gfThe Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Millennium Campaign organized a Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) MY World vote in Copenhagen on 20-21 October 2014 to raise awareness and build synergy between 3GF and the post-2015 agenda.

MY World is the UN global survey for a better world. The survey will gather people’s voices up to 2015 and the results will be shared with the UN Secretary-General and global leaders as they negotiate the new global agenda to address extreme poverty and preserve our planet.

Mogens Jensen, Danish Minister of Trade and Development, kicked off voting and expressed a strong message of hope: “We WILL be able, in the next 15 years, to totally eradicate extreme poverty.”

Hundreds of green growth and sustainability leaders at 3GF welcomed this unique opportunity to have their say at the UN and share what kind of world they want in the future. The top 3GF priorities are:

  1. Action taken on climate change
  2. A good education
  3. Access to clean water and sanitation
  4. An honest and responsive government
  5. Protecting forests, rivers and oceans

See full vote results. Watch event videos & interviews and check out photos. Thanks for having your say for a better world!

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Sri Lanka renews commitment to achieving 1 million votes

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development in Sri Lanka takes pride to announce that Sri Lanka is currently one of the leaders in the MY World Global Survey. Hon. Minister Dullas Alahapperuma pleadged one million votes from Sri Lanka at the 68th UNGA in 2013.

Sri Lanka currently has 554595 votes. Almost 100% are youth 16-30 years old.

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Watch the video below with interviews with Hon. Minister Dullas (Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development), Subinay Nandy (UN Resident Coordinator, Sri Lanka), Ravi Karkara (Expert Adviser, Children and Youth), Amila Rajapaksha (Global Youth Advocate, Sri Lanka), Shehara Herath (MY World Focal Point, Sri Lanka)

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New full version of video: Europeans have their say at the UN

Earlier this month, we shared a video from the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) asked young Europeans in Brussels what issues are important to better their worlds.

Now, we are happy to share the new FULL version of the video! Check it out!

You can activate subtitles by clicking the “CC” icon on the bottom right-side of the video

People in Bahrain Have Their Say at the United Nations

What priorities do Bahranians choose for a better world?

For the past month, UN Bahrain has rolled out a campaign to bring the people of Bahrain’s voices to the United Nations using the MY World Survey. These efforts range from unique visits to collect votes at schools, at the APM Terminals (container terminal port management), and at the 16th International Book Fair at the Bahrain Exhibition Centre. It also includes a strong presence on social media and media outlets (see articles below). In culmination, UN Bahrain and its partner Gulf Air have launched a MY World video highlighting the top priorities emerging from the survey, which will be screened aboard all flights starting 1 May .

These efforts have certainly paid off. In just one month’s time, votes from Bahrain have increased 28%, currently numbering 4,092 votes. Yet the UN wants more: “the My World Survey presents an important and unique opportunity for Bahrain, as a small island state, to be heard on a global platform with its particular needs and challenges,” said UN Resident Coordinator Peter Grohmann.

So, what are the priorities of people from Bahrain? Here are a few facts from the voting results thus far:

  • The top six priorities are: “A good education,” “Better healthcare,” “Better job opportunities, “An honest and responsive government,” “Protection from crime and violence,” and “Freedom from discrimination and persecution.”
  • 57% of voters are aged 30 and younger.
  • 42% of voters are female.
  • Women place a higher priority on “Protection against crime and violence,” and “Access to clean water and sanitation,” and “Equality between men and women.” Men place a higher priority on “Political freedoms” and “Better transport and roads.”
  • The older the voter, the higher the priority on “An honest and responsive government” and “Freedom from discrimination and persecution.”
  • Voters aged 15 and under placed the highest priority on “Access to clean water and sanitation,” “Affordable and Nutritious food,” and “Protecting forests, rivers and oceans” – yet they voted the least for “Action taken on climate change” out of any age group.

To see more MY World and The World We Want Results

UN Bahrain:

Media Mentions:

Voting at the Book Fair

Youth Volunteers in Irbid, Jordan: The World We Want

Irbid Youth Volunteers is a youth initiative that works on training and empowering youth and provides them with the needed experience and skills to create positive change in the community. The have made tremendous efforts through volunteerism. In collaboration with the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator’s Office in Jordan, they have implemented an initiative as part of the post-2015 consultations in Jordan, which is helping them to shape the dialogue and to achieve the future they want.

As of April 15th, 65% of the almost 40,000 MY World voters in Jordan were people aged 30 and under (11% are aged 15 and under, and 55% are 16-30). 53% of voters 30 and under are female.

The top priorities of voters 15 and under are: “A good education,” “Better Healthcare,” “Affordable and nutritious food” and “Better job opportunities.”

The top priorities of voters 16-30 are: “Better job opportunities,” “A good education,” “Better healthcare” and “An honest and responsive government.”

 

MY World Sound Track

A group of young Ecuadorians, from the Virgilio Guerrero Center in Quito, have created a song that talks about their priorities for a better world titled as “The World we Want”. It is written by two local musicians named Frack MC and MC Chris. Recognizing the great potential of this song, UNDP offices in Quito had the idea to make a video featuring not only the two musicians who wrote the song but also the group of young people from this Center who had previously participated in the National Post-2015 Consultations.

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