The Secretary-General gives shout-out to My World in China & encourages youth to participate

 sg2On his trip to recent trip to China, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received a warm welcome from youth studying at Shanghai Fundan University. He offered words of wisdom to students and thanked the Chinese people for participating in the UN’s My World 2015 survey, a global online survey that allows people to have a direct say in shaping a better world. Based on the feedback from Chinese people in the My World 2015 survey, Grandpa Ban, as he is known in China, spoke about the 5 C’s, “Calm”, “Compassionate”, “Cooperation”, “Courage”, and “Confucius.”

sg1The Secretary-General pointed out the remarkable degree of convergence – among young and old, men and women, rich and poor, north and south, and east and west through the My World Survey. He said, “their concerns echoed my own conversations with people around the world. Education has topped the list of priorities.  This is what you are doing in Fudan University. Then comes decent jobs and health care – they are following very closely, particularly jobs for young people. Then, honest and good governance, responsive government, is also a key demand.”

Utilizing Chinese social media, Weibo and WeChat, the Secretary-General engaged netizens via a short video calling for Chinese to participate in the My World 2015 Survey, the video gathered more than 1 million views and have been widely shared throughout China’s social media landscape.

-Alice Chen, MY World Global Youth Advocate

INJUVE DF Joins the UN MY World Survey

 Corinne Woods and María Fernanda Olvera Cabrera sign agreementThe Youth Institute of the City of Mexico (Instituto de la Juventud del Distrito Federal – INJUVE DF) expects to collect the information of 1 million citizens from the City of Mexico for the MY World Survey.

Three thousand young people will carry out the field work throughout Mexico City and a unique partner ID (INJUVEDF) will collect online votes and aggregate online and offline results.

The Government of the City of Mexico announced yesterday, 26 May in the City of Mexico that, through INJUVE DF, it will participate in the MY World international survey following an agreement that was solidified 22 of May in New York between the General Director of INJUVE, Lic. María Fernanda Olvera Cabrera, and the Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign, Corinne Woods, both of whom signed the letter of intent.

 Following this agreement, the City of Mexico has become the first locality to participate in the survey with a strategy of this magnitude. Through the participation of INJUVE DF, MY World will be able to learn about the post-2015 development agenda priorities of one million people from the City of Mexico. Most importantly these results will be incorporated and ready to be presented to world leaders by September 2014 to inform them about the priorities of people ahead of the development of the post-2015 agenda. To date the MY World survey has collected over 2.1 million votes from all over the world.


INJUVE DF joined this international consultation following the impact generated in the “Youth Trends Consultation 2013,” which collected the opinions of 304,000 youth – an historical figure in this type of exercise. In this new survey, INJUVE DF will take to the streets with three thousand youth representatives. These will canvass public plazas and schools, and visit house by house to spread out and ask people all over the City of Mexico: “What are the priorities which are most important for you and your family?”

The survey will take place from June to August 2014. Besides the field work, the people of Mexico City will be able to choose their 16 priorities on a unique link: Thanks to this link and unique partner ID, it will be possible to see the particular priorities of the people of the City of Mexico in the post-2015 agenda. The results will be part of the MY World Global Survey of the United Nations for a better world. You can follow these results here:

In this respect, INJUVE DF will be adding to the actions of cooperation and partnership between the City of Mexico and the United Nations. The Institute hopes that this represents the first of what will hopefully be many agreements made with the United Nations in favor of the future of young people in the City of Mexico.

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fYR Macedonia: Voting for their future – young people voice their priorities in the My World 2015 Survey

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cq5dam.web.540.390Some fifty young people recently gathered together in a Skopje café with UN’s Human Rights Advisor Silva Pesic and UNDP’s Youth Project Coordinator Dejan Dokuzovski to learn more about the UN’s Universal Periodic Review and to offer their own input into the post-2015 agenda.

The Universal Periodic Review is a review of the human rights records of all UN member states. Initiated in 2006, this unique process reminds states of their responsibilities to fully respect and implement all human rights and freedoms and to address any violations of human rights.  The Universal Periodic Review “has great potential to promote and protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world.” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

The gathering was organized as part of UNDP’s long-term commitment to promoting the inclusion of young people in the development of all policies that affect their lives.

“With UNDP’s Youth Project we are aiming to ensure that the opinions of young people are heard and taken into account in decision-making at local and national level,” explains Dejan. “It’s about empowering young people so that they have a say in their future.”

One of the topics discussed was the UN’s My World 2015 survey, a global online survey that allows people to have a direct say in shaping a better world.

“We had tablets and a laptop at the café,” says Dejan, “so everyone got a chance to vote for their priorities. Their votes matter because all the data collected from the My World survey will be used to inform decision-makers around the world in defining the priorities of the UN’s global agenda for future development.”

The voting was followed by a discussion about why the participants had selected certain priorities.

Jana, 23, a recent college graduate, believes that education should be a top priority. She argues that the education process in the country and the wider region needs new methodologies. In particular, she stresses that more practical experience is needed in education in order to better prepare young graduates for employment after college.

Ivan, 22, believes that a major focus area should be better job opportunities. Many young people are still looking for a job over a year after graduation. One of the main problems, he says, is that the jobs that are currently available do not match many graduates’ qualifications. He also highlights the lack of real entry-level positions for youth and the need for a comprehensive system of traineeship and practical work experience in companies for undergraduates during their studies.

The UN just recently began promoting the My World 2015 survey in the country and already over 1,500 people have cast their global vote. The votes collected so far show that most voters share the same priorities as Jana and Ivan: they want to see efforts concentrated on improving education, improving job opportunities and ensuring the provision of better healthcare.

The Boy Scouts of the Philippines participate in the Global Week of Action

8By Daryl Alfred “apol” Y. Tadique, Youth Coordinator of MY World 2015 and World We Want campaigns in the Philippines 

Scouts from various parts of the Philippines have once again participated on the My World Global Survey of United Nations (UN) during the 6th National Scout Venture Camp (NSVC) of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) held at Lingayen, Pangasinan, May 5- 10, 2014.

Not minding the hot summer sun, Scouts participating on the 6th NSVC visited and participated in the MY World Global Voting Day and on the My World 2015 Global Week of Action. The MY World Youth volunteers put up a booth inside the Global Development Village, one of the main modules of the said camp, with known government and non-government organizations. Continue reading “The Boy Scouts of the Philippines participate in the Global Week of Action”

Yuwalaya and UN Nepal unite to increase votes

The UN in Nepal has teamed up with Yuwalaya, a youth led NGO that has been organizing advocacy events on post-2015 agenda at various schools and universities in Kathmandu as well as working with volunteers to collect offline ballots throughout Nepal. To support the MY World Global Week of Action 5-11 May, Yuwalaya organized several student workshops. Yuwalaya and the youth organizations they worked with set the goal of reaching a total 20,000 votes for Nepal.

This post was compiled and edited based on original blog and facebook entries by Yuwalaya and co-founder, Mr. Sanjog Thakuri, who has been actively involved in collecting the voices of children, adolescents and youth in the post-2015 development agenda process and in supporting the My World initiative in Nepal.

The UN in Nepal has teamed up with Yuwalaya, a youth led NGO that has been organizing advocacy events on the post-2015 agenda at various schools and universities in Kathmandu as well as working with volunteers to collect offline ballots throughout Nepal.  To support the MY World Global Week of Action 5-11 May, Yuwalaya organized several student workshops. 

According to Nepal’s 2011 Census, there are roughly 9.2 million children aged 0-14 who make up 35% of the total population, and 7.36 million youth aged 15-29 who are 27.82% of the total population. When the Global Week of Action began, there were roughly 13,000 votes from Nepal on the MY World Survey.  Yuwalaya and the youth organizations they worked with have set the goal of reaching a total of 20,000 votes in Nepal.

To support the Global Week of Action, Yuwalaya organized three workshops in participation with colleges and youth organizations. In each session, Mr. Thakuri began by explaining the Millennium Development Goals and presenting the various ways that youth can participate and get involved in the development of the future post-2015 agendas, including via the MY World Global Week of Action. He stressed the importance of youth having a voice in global issues, especially since many were not aware of the impact the global development agenda will have on their lives. He shared the present statistics and priorities of people from Nepal based on My World data. The youth and adolescent participants agreed to mobilize their communities to collect more votes.


During the first session on 5 May, 34 youths studying their first and second years of Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at Classic College participated in the orientation. The school distributed 1500 ballots to further more vote collection. Continue reading “Yuwalaya and UN Nepal unite to increase votes”

Using a pen and paper gives the poorest a say on post-2015 development goals

Note: This is an article originally posted on the ODI website by Claire Melamed and Paul Ladd

Two years ago we sat in a noodle shop in downtown Tokyo and sketched out the beginnings of MY World – a UN–backed global survey

The idea, then as now, was to provide a route for people’s voices to reach directly into the heart of international decision making; in this case, choosing new global priorities to replace the Millennium Development Goals and chart a course for global progress after 2015.

We felt strongly that governments should set these goals knowing what people themselves would choose.

Two years and two million votes later, that initial ambition has been fulfilled.  The My World survey is regularly mentioned in speeches by the UN secretary general and politicians from all countries. Some governments are using My World data to inform their national priorities, and advocacy groups are using it for influencing.  Continue reading “Using a pen and paper gives the poorest a say on post-2015 development goals”

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

Huffington Post Video: UN’s MY World Survey Taps Into Our World’s Future

The United Nations is conducting a huge global research project: the MY World survey. Instead of tapping experts to set development goals, it goes right to source, asking people around the world what would make the most difference in their lives.

Watch the video from Huffington Post live, featuring Corinne Woods, UN Millennium Campaign Director, and Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning.

Huffington Post Video

UN Volunteers in Ecuador roll out MY World at the Regional Youth Forum in Quito

10321627_792081947469882_6191365558328340484_oUN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi praises UN Volunteers in Ecuador‘s mobilization and support to youth participation in the definition of the post2015 agenda through the MY World survey.

UN Volunteers rolled out the MY World survey at the 2014 Regional Forum for Latina America and Caribbean (Foro Regional de Juventudes LAC 2014) in Quito, where UN agencies, intergovernmental organization, youth networks and the Government of Ecuador elaborated a regional perspective along with priority and recommendations for the post-2015 agenda.

Great work UN Volunteers!

Climate and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

jsachs“Without tackling climate change, we will not succeed in eradicating extreme poverty.” – (UN High Level Panel Report)

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the MDG’s to Ban Ki Moon and an MDG Advocate.  Sachs has been advocating for greater visibility of climate change in the post-2015 agenda. Sachs recently took part in a discussion on climate change in the post-2015 development agenda at a workshop held in New York by the UN Millennium Campaign, CAFOD, Beyond 2015, and CAN and hosted by the Permanent Mission of France to the UN. The workshop focused on climate as a development issue and on how the Post-2015 sustainable development goals and the UNFCCC processes can be complementary.

Key messages* that emerged from the workshop:

  1. There is a clear and explicit link between development and climate change
  2. DGs must guarantee visibility of climate change as a development issue and provide direction for climate change action
  3. The UNFCCC and post-2015 processes can complement each other
  4. Differentiation according to country contexts is crucial for a universal approach, particularly for a climate change goal
  5. Advantages of a dedicated goal on climate change
  6. The success of the SDGs will depend on means of implementation

MY World and Climate Change

Though the MY World survey has globally ranked ‘Action Taken on Climate Change’ low, a recent report published by Overseas Development Institute shows highly ranked priorities such as ’Better health care’, ‘Access to clear water and sanitation’,  ‘Protecting forests, rivers and oceans’, ‘Affordable and nutritious food’, ‘Equality between men and women’ and ‘Jobs and Prosperity’ amongst others can be considered either direct or indirect impacts of climate change.

veryhighhdiAnother interesting correlation found is that ‘Action Taken on Climate Change’  rises up seven priorities in Very  High HDI countries compared to countries with lower HDI levels. This reflects the awareness of climate change in countries that have a higher Gross National Income and score higher on the Education Index. Countries with a very low HDI rank climate change last with the exception of a few low-lying island member states. See more MY World data here

 *The key messages represent a summary of the discussion during the workshop but not the position of any particular government or organization present.