Monthly Archives: April 2013

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.

More than 8000 Ukrainians took part in the MY World survey

The photo captures journalists making their votes in the MyWorld2015 survey at the press event in the UN House.
The photo captures journalists making their votes in the MyWorld2015 survey at the press event in the UN House.

Since the MY World survey was launched the UN team in Ukraine has undertaken various communication and advocacy activities in order to draw attention of Ukrainians to the importance of making their contribution into the process of defining the future development path of the planet.

Communication component was seen by the UN team in Ukraine as a critical integral part of the whole Post-2015 consultation process aimed at ensuring maximum public engagement into the process and raising awareness about the process, and also promotion of the opportunity for the general public to widely participate in the MY World survey.

Continue reading More than 8000 Ukrainians took part in the MY World survey

Strategic Partnership with Young People – Key to the World We Want

Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development, Amina J. Mohammed talks with a Willice Onyango, The International Youth Council Kenya.
Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Amina J. Mohammed chats with a youth delegate in Kenya recently.

Doing it with young people rather than for young people will be a catalyst change for change in the next development framework.

The High Level Panel on post 2015 Development Planning is submitting its report to the UN Secretary General in the end of May. The Panel agreed that its vision and responsibility should include a determination to “end poverty in all its forms” and to “have in place the building blocks of sustained prosperity for all”. They also felt there is strong interest in going beyond poverty reduction to include job-creating growth, protecting the environment and providing equity, peace, security, justice and freedom. The Panel agreed to develop a global agenda with global responsibilities. This vision is widely expected to be bold and ambitious. As the Panel prepares to submit its report, the challenge is to ensure that the report sets a framework for a transformative, universal, people-centered development while clearly outlining a bold and relevant commitments needed to ensure a new paradigm for sustainable development that is deeply grounded in sound economic, social, cultural, civil human rights obligations and easy to galvanize collective political action around. Continue reading Strategic Partnership with Young People – Key to the World We Want

Climbing against gender-based violence: A quest for dignity, equality and justice

At the summit of Mt Brandberg, the climbers joined the MYWORLD initiative and casted their vote to ‘end AIDS and gender-based violence’. Credit: UNAIDS
At the summit of Mt Brandberg, the climbers joined the MYWORLD initiative and casted their vote to ‘end AIDS and gender-based violence’. Credit: UNAIDS

Mountain climbing for most is a sign of strength, courage, achievement and perhaps a sense of freedom. For the 25 men and women who summited Mountain Brandberg in Namibia from 18-21 April, their drive was solidarity against gender-based violence (GBV).

Led by young people, gender activists, women affected by GBV, representatives of non-government organisations, artists, poets, and radio personalities completed the climb to increase public awareness on GBV and advocate for behaviour change in Namibia.

“With the increasing number of gender-based violence cases in Namibia it was important to bring young people together to discuss possible solutions while having fun,” said fashion designer, Hem Matsi who organized the climb. Continue reading Climbing against gender-based violence: A quest for dignity, equality and justice

‘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

Why jobs and livelihoods matter

By Aurelio Parisotto, Senior Economist, International Labour Organization

Girls carry bricks in the town of Zemio in Uganda
Girls carry bricks in the town of Zemio in Uganda

As we approach the 2015 deadline for the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we have a golden opportunity to put jobs and livelihoods at the top of the international development agenda. This is not simply according to the ILO. The first results of the UN ‘My World’ global survey, which asked people in 190 countries for their priorities for a post-2015 development agenda, show that “jobs are a high priority everywhere.”

From Albania and Jordan to Vietnam and Zambia, the call for more and better job opportunities was also made loud and clear in online discussions and national consultations organized by the UN. In Uganda, of the 17,000 people consulted, about half said that getting a job was their top priority. Many also mentioned the need for better social protection, especially in informal sectors where economic and social insecurity is high.

These demands are not surprising given the current global labour market situation.

Continue reading Why jobs and livelihoods matter

Post-2015 agenda: Reinventing global decision-making | Olav Kjørven

As individuals contribute their voices to the post-2015 development agenda, health and education emerge as priorities.
As individuals contribute their voices to the post-2015 development agenda, health and education emerge as priorities.

For the first time in history, the United Nations (UN) are engaging people all around the world in shaping a global agenda: the next development goals.

We are breaking new ground using digital media, mobile phone technology and door-to-door interviewers to include as many individuals as possible in the debate on the future anti-poverty targets that will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

To date, close to half a million people have taken part in the ongoing “Global Conversation.” Continue reading Post-2015 agenda: Reinventing global decision-making | Olav Kjørven

The world has voted – and a good education is top priority

© UNICEF/SRLA2011-0158/Olivier AsselinBy Pauline Rose, director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report

It is very encouraging news that people around the world have so far ranked “a good education” as their top choice in the UN’s My World poll on post-2015 priorities. It’s too early to celebrate yet, however. There are recent signs that advocates have to work even harder to demonstrate that education is not only a fundamental goal in its own right but also a crucial route to achieving other development goals.

For one thing, education was not even mentioned in the communiqué of the recent Bali high-level panel the post-2015 agenda on ‘developing a global partnership for development’. The communiqué made progress in aligning two competing visions for the post-2015 development agenda – one centred on eradicating poverty and the other on sustainable development. But it is worrying that the communiqué failed to mention education, which underpins all other development efforts and transforms them into long-term change. While the high-level panel failed to recognize education’s importance, 200,000 people voting on their post-2015 priorities – whose views were passed on to the meeting in Bali – have placed education at the top.

Continue reading The world has voted – and a good education is top priority

MY World launches in Indonesia with a host of events.

Bali
In Jakarta, in collaboration with Radio Repubik Indonesia (RRI) and UN agencies in country, MY World is being rolled out to thousands of Indonesians offline and online. Speaking at the launch, UN Resident Coordinator, Douglas Broderick said that partnerships with government, civil societies, corporations, and within the UN system would play an important role in ensuring open and inclusive participation in the post-2015 process.  At the event 3000 ballots were handed over to RRI for distribution to their offices nationwide. Following on from the launch, RRI broadcast a special program on MY World and the importance of civic participation across the country in both English and Bahasa Indonesian.