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
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
The night of September 25, 2013 was a remarkable time for MY World. Even though it was held during the week of General Assembly, the busiest time of the United Nations, our partner recognition event was greeted with overwhelmingly interests and engagement. The crowd drew to the exhibition space in UNICEF House, New York, where the event was hosted, was just as inclusive as the MY World Survey. From Nobel Economic Prize winner Muhammad Yunus to disabled children from our partner in India – NineisMine, everyone had a chance to share their voices on MY World and the post 2015-development agenda.
contributed by UNV Kazakhstan, Josefine Ulbrich (UNV Intern for Youth Networks & Volunteering)
On International Youth Day 2013, taking the continuation of the National Consultation process into their own hands, 16 youth volunteers engaged the Kazakhs in an open conversation about their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. They contributed to the offline roll out of the MY World survey in two bustling public places in Astana.
Building on the momentum of the Post-2015 National Consultation Process led by Kazakhstan’s government and the UN Country Team, which engaged more than 2000 people, UNV Kazakhstan promoted youth’s powerful role as agents of change and mobilized young volunteers in a MY World outreach campaign, to make sure the ideas of Kazakhstan’s people are reflected in the global conversation on Post-2015 development.
YASR, Youth Action for Social Responsibility, is one of the many MY World partners in India. This organization has distributed our survey across the nation, specifically in the district of Panna, a municipality in the state of Madhya Pradesh famous for it’s natural resources and wildlife reserves. Reaching out to over 1,000 individuals in this tribal community, YASR spent several days informing and engaging local families on the MY World initiative, and educating them on the Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 process.
- Over 1 million 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.
- The results from MY World are being presented through a report and an innovative and interactive new exhibit called “Listening to ONE MILLION Voices.”
- This turning point has been the perfect backdrop for MY World Partner Recognition Event and Award Ceremony held during in New York the week of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.