Blog post by Ms. Chen, World Youth Foundation Volunteer in China. On 15-16 January, Ms. Chen collected 164 offline ballots at the school where she grew up in Jiangxi Province.
Today I went to the school in my hometown that I attended 14 yrs ago, promoting the MY World 2015 Survey as an alumna of China’s Millennium Generation. When I walked into the classroom, the students looked at me with their dazzling eyes full of curiosity. They were all born in the year 2000, sharing the same age with current Millennium Development Goals. Although they didn’t know what the Millennium Development Goals are nor how they were developed, they are now part of the new development agenda that is coming alive. Should any of them recall the day they took the survey and what they prioritized, by any chance, many years from now, I hope they will think they have made the right choices.
Of the total number of Chinese voters in the MY World Survey (18,947 voters), “Protecting forests, rivers and oceans” is drastically higher than the global results, currently ranked 4th instead of 14th. The majority of Chinese voters, or 70%, are youth aged 16-30, who rank it fifth. The 4% of voters who are children 15 and under ranked this as their second priority, similar to Ms. Chen’s results.
Countries came together last month at COP 20, the annual UN Climate Change Conference, to negotiate and shape the contribution they will give to vastly reduce their carbon emissions, before a commitment in Paris.
Peru hosted the conference that drew over 15,000 people to Lima. Peru will be one of the countries most affected by climate change impacts. Responsible for only 0.1% of emissions, Peru will see the greatest temperature rise due to climate change in South America. The 18,000 Peruvians who have voted on the MY World survey prioritizes ‘Action taken on Climate Change’ much higher than the global average at 11th place and ‘Protecting Forests, Rivers and Oceans’ at 4th place.
COP 20 President, Mr. Manuel Pulgar Vidal, opened the Youth conference telling youth:
“You are a climate change solutions generation. Young people are characterized by their enthusiasm, leadership and passion. All these elements are fundamental for addressing climate change and moving the intergovernmental negotiation process forward. I encourage you to continue implementing climate solutions, enhancing access to information, promoting public awareness, raising ambition and mobilizing action.”
Throughout the UN Climate Change Conference, voters raised their voices on ‘Action Taken on Climate’ and many other linked issues through the MY World Survey. MY World votes came from the Indigenous peoples pavilion which was featured at the Voices for Climate and showcased initiatives and knowledge from indigenous communities that contribute to curbing climate change.
At the Global Landscape Forum , UNDP Administrator Helen Clarke voiced her priority on ‘Action taken on Climate’ and spoke of the linkage between deforestation and climate change during the Forum’s closing speech.
Peruvian UN Volunteers and MY World partners such as The Millennials Movement, the Peruvian Down Syndrome Society as well as global MY World partners like YOUTHINK and IAAI/GloCha Action Network were part the success of bringing voices into the post-2015 development agenda from the international climate change community.
COP20 was a key moment to work together and bring ‘Action Taken on Climate Change’ to the attention of leaders who develop policy priorities and engage the broader population in action related to international climate policy.
Today’s ‘Ask An Expert’featured the new UN Millennium Campaign Executive Director, Mitchell Toomey, in answering questions regarding the topic: Here comes everyboday: Direct citizen engagement in the new development agenda
Today’s ‘Ask an Expert’ is an exercise hosted by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) which aims to bring the environment into public consciousness and to create a healthy discourse on the major issues that affect the health of our planet and the sustainability of natural resources. The feature allows in-house experts to discuss the work undertaken by the organization – taking on board suggestions and perspectives of international constituents and stakeholders.
With the beginning of a new year, we are pleased to introduce you to Mr. Mitchell Toomey, who has taken on the post as Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign as of January 2015.
Prior to becoming Director of the Millennium Campaign, Mitchell held the position of Senior Adviser of the Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group in UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy. He has led groundbreaking work using digital media and technology to engage the public and civil society organizations around the world in collaborative crowdsourcing of development solutions focused on bringing vital services to the poorest and most vulnerable populations. Mitchell also helped design and launch UNDP’s Global Innovation Facility.
No stranger to MY World and the World We Want 2015 initiatives, Mitchell led the technical design and implementation phases of these platforms and other e-consultations to strategically engage millions of people around the world to participate in the post-2015 development framework. These initiatives and consultations, with the support from partners around the world, offer tremendous insight on priorities for the next generations of global anti-poverty goals.
Before joining UNDP, Mitchell launched two start-ups, served as Executive Producer for an interactive marketing agency, and worked as a management consultant helping traditional firms leverage digital markets and business models. He is an American national and holds a Masters of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BA in Philosophy.
2015 is a critical year for us to focus on the MDGs’ final push and to ensure that citizen voices are reflected in the new development framework, civil society-led citizen engagement on a local-level is more crucial than ever before. By using an innovative strategy, forging new partnerships, and strengthening existing ones, Mitchell hopes to lead the team to support government, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with an ambitious and inclusive post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
Sincerely, The United Nations Millennium Campaign Team
Happy New Year and thank you for your partnership with the UN Millennium Campaign whether through the MY World Survey, the World We Want 2015, the Open Defecation Campaign or the work our Africa team has led on Financing and Equity.
This year marks a watershed in many ways. The MDG’s deadline is upon us and we have much to celebrate in terms of tangible progress to meet the goals.We also have good cause to celebrate the work of the UNMC and partners to build powerful citizen led campaigns on the MDGs from the award winning Stand Up Campaign, through the policy work on maternal mortality and of course the MY World Campaign for the new development agenda . It is a good moment to take pause and assess what has worked and with all honesty what has not so that as we move to the new agenda we can build on everything we have done before.
We know that in 2015 the stakes are high. World leaders will be working towards two outcomes that will be critical for people and planet. The first in September is the creation of the next set of global goals to follow the Millennium Development Goals and the culmination of critical climate change negotiations in Paris. The work we have done in the last few years to bring citizen voices to the UN should not be lost.
Today marks the launch of the Action/2015 campaign – a year for citizen global action in the escalating action towards finalizing the MDGs, and in calling for the ratification of an ambitious and transformation new global development agenda. It is now that we need you to redouble your efforts to ensure that all those who have placed their dreams and visions in our hands are honored. We owe the countless volunteers who have taken bikes, trains and have walked to gather voices from the most remote location to ensure world leaders hear these voices. You have gathered the voices and I trust you will use them.
It is also with some sadness that I share news of transitions in the UN Millennium Campaign. As of December 31st both Charles Abugre our Regional Director for Africa and myself are no longer with the campaign. However in this critical year UNDP have redoubled their commitment to the UN Millennium Campaign and appointed Mitchell Toomey as the new Director. As a partner in the early design of MY World he has bought a wealth of knowledge and experience which I am sure will take the UN Millennium Campaign to greater heights.
It has been an honor to lead the UN Millennium Campaign over the past 4 years and as I transition to the UN Foundation to intensify their support for the work of Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development I will stay in contact with many of you.
2014 has come to an end and we are glad to look back at the work we have been doing and share some results.
The UN team in Belarus had a chance to seize the opportunity and combine two important processes into one: the MY World 2015 global survey and associated public consultations, which became significant for the preparation of the country strategic document: National Strategy for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development of Belarus till 2030.
The Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus requested assistance with the development of the National Strategy and with conducting public consultations as a part of the process. After a number of meetings, we came to the conclusion that we actually already have a great means for asking people what is important for them – the MY World 2015 global survey. Since the National Strategy document consists of certain development priorities, which coincide a lot with the priorities in the survey, it was a great solution!
Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge, the Guinness World Record Holder of the oldest person to start primary school, is a great example of someone taking action into their own hands. He said the government’s announcement of universal and free elementary education in 2003 prompted him to enroll when he was 84 years old. In two years, he had been elected the head boy of his school.
In 2005 Maruge went to the New York City to address the UN Millennium Development Summit on the importance of free primary education. A feature film about Kimani Maruge titled, ‘The First Grader’ was released on May 13th, 2011. He was featured by both local and international media.
On January 12th 2015, Google’s homepage Google Doodle features him marking his 11th Anniversary since he stepped into a classroom declaring he wanted to learn to read and write. His classmates were about six to seven years old. He was older than every teacher present in his school. An active citizen, he heard an advertisement over the radio and acted on his knowledge. Continue reading “The Youth today: Lessons we learn from Kimani Maruge”
ESTE AÑO podría ser el año que cambia el curso de la historia para siempre – el año en que damos un paso adelante decisivo en la lucha contra la pobreza extrema y salvar a nuestro preciado planeta.
En 2015 estaremos confiando en ustedes para establecer nuevas metas de desarrollo, metas que suceden a los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio para proteger esta tierra y que sea un hogar seguro, igual y acogedor para todos los que viven en él.
Más de 7 millones de personas han participado en la encuesta global MY WORLD, porque queremos que ustedes sepan exactamente qué es lo que nosotros, el pueblo queremos. Les pedimos que se tomen en cuenta estos votos que representan las esperanzas y sueños de 1 de cada 1.000 personas en el planeta – esperanzas y sueños para una vida mejor.
El tamaño y el alcance de los votos MY WORLD muestran una fuerza inconfundible de este sentir, este es el tiempo para escuchar y honrar ese sentimiento. Vamos a conseguir estos nuevos objetivos para que dentro de 15 años no estamos escribiendo estas mismas palabras.
Vota, escucha y actua en 2015. Trabajando juntos podemos ser la generación que acabe con la pobreza y preserve el planeta.