Thanks to your outstanding contribution to the MY World survey, almost 10 million people from 194 countries had a say in the political deliberations that led to the historic adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by all the UN Member States in New York on September 25th, 2015.
In the words of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, “MY World has shown how international organizations, together with civil society groups, can use data to feed people’s perceptions and priorities into the heart of the political process.”
As we celebrate this unprecedented achievement, we should also get ready for the implementation phase of the SDGs…
…and we count on you as a MY World partner to continue playing a key role!!
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MY World 2030 is the next generation of MY World surveys, and it is bigger and better! Please visit the MY World 2030 beta site at https://myworld2030.org and send us your feedback and click here for an overview describing the next phase of the initiative.
As you will see, MY World 2030 is designed to allow people from around the world to tell the UN which of the 17 SDGs they are most passionate about and to reflect on progress over the next fifteen years.
The next phase of MY World will includes a library of questions which you can use to localize and tailor the survey….so look out for this functionality early next year
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Once again, the support of MY World partners will be critical for the success of MY World; and particularly in reaching out directly into communities and drawing the digitally disconnected, illiterate and poorest communities into the global debate.
We are building a brand new partner system with more and better features to facilitate your engagement and give you access to a wide range of new features and assets…
…as it is a new system we need to ask you to register as a MY World 2030 partner (…we know, again! But we promise it will be worth your while!)
On 12 November Date, the UNMC and UN Visitors Center co-hosted a special workshop on refugees with eighth graders from the Woodside Intermediate School 125. Following a screening of Clouds Over Sidra, three young refugees in various statuses in their legal application processes spoke to the students about their personal experiences.
The workshop was a part of the Teen Thursdays Program, a collaboration between the NYC Mayor’s Office, NYC Department of Education and the UN Department of Public Information’s Visitors Center. During an 8 week program, seventh and eighth grade students participate in workshops and tours at the UN to learn about and become engaged in the UN’s mission. This screening of Clouds Over Sidra was the first in a planned sequence of of workshops in partnership with the program. The Millennium Campaign hopes to further expand the program so Virtual Reality can be used as an educational tool in informing young people about critical issues underlined in the SDGs.
Clouds Over Sidra is the story of a 12 year old girl, Sidra, who is a Syrian living in the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. The experience gave the students a glimpse into the daily life of Sidra: her favorite subjects in school, her family, her hopes for the future, and her desire to leave Za’atari and the Syrian conflict behind. Many of these students were the same age as Sidra at the time of filming.
The eighth graders were joined by three young students from Salve Regina College: Sinan, Karma, and Uma who told their experiences as refugees seeking asylum from Syria and Nepal respectively. Sinan explained how the Syrian war interrupted his studies and how the United States presented the opportunity to finish them. Karma was in the US when the Earthquake struck Nepal, and now she is seeking temporary asylum. Uma’s family were originally refugees from Bhutan. Her heartfelt story touched on how the UN helped her family through tough living conditions in a Nepalese refugee camp, and guided them through asylum application in the US.
The response from the children showed a maturity beyond their age. One student stated: “It’s really heartbreaking listening to [the stories of the Sidra and the other presenters] because, we worry about having the newest game when many people are worried about getting food to eat”. This is especially poignant as many of the students knew little about the Syrian conflict or other important issues underlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) prior to the workshop.
Clouds Over Sidra and Virtual Reality experiences like it were designed to support the Millennium Campaign’s efforts to draw attention to some of the world’s greatest challenges, allowing people living through them to tell their stories in their own words. Previously, the vast majority of screenings had been directed towards decision makers, many of whom are involved in the international community. This screening was considered pilot testing to find the best practices in using Virtual reality as a learning tool in the classroom.
Throughout the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Millennium Campaign had the pleasure of hosting the Peoples’ Voices Challenge Award Ceremony at the We the Peoples Hub. The Peoples’ Voices Challenge Awards is a celebration of the work of the hundreds of partners at the United Nations who gave voice to those who don’t often get a say in global conversations.
Data visualization is not normally the first thing you would think of when talking about empowering marginalized communities, but Popily is not your average data analytics firm. Popily is a data science and visualization company that lets everyday, non-technical people figure what is important from their data and share it with anyone, anywhere. The Popily team used the millions of MY World survey results and thousands of Humans of MY WorldFacebook page posts to generate interactive data visualizations. The public can explore these visualizations on their website, so people can discover the stories in the data that they find most meaningful. We talked to Popily Co-Founder Vidya Spandana about the role data visualization and analytics plays in the Post-2015 Agenda.
Tell us about Popily, some of the things you work on, and your goals as an organization:
Popily is a data visualization and data science company, we let people put in their data and automatically generate thousands of visualizations so that they can walk through a data set instead of being confused by a giant spreadsheet of lots of numbers. [Popily] is really there to democratize data so that people who don’t have a background or experience in science or statistics can actually engage with it in a real way. Imagine being able to walk through a visual representation, instead of just looking at a piece of paper. The more people who can do that, the more empowered they can be to make decisions on what is actually happening.
For us data is a way to see the world in an observational way with some kind of reality to it, and so for more people to have the ability to access that the better we think so that we can make collective decisions together. That aligns perfectly with the work that the [UN Millennium Campaign] is doing with MY World.
What was it that made [Popily] decide that [The MY World Survey] would be a perfect pilot project for you guys to work on?
When [CEO Jonathan Morgan] brought [MY World] on for us we were really excited because the idea of actually getting information and data about peoples lives around the world really humanizes the whole date concept and really brings our tool to life. We would actually really like to step back and let the data and the voice of the people shine and this was the best opportunity to do that.
What does this mean for Popily to win [Most Innovative Visualization] right now?
It’s extremely exciting for us, we launched officially about two or three months ago so it’s very new for us and to be able to announce partnership with the United Nations, to explore people’s data that actually has meaning has us over the moon. This is an opportunity that we’ve really been able to leverage and open up new opportunities around democratizing data. What were are more excited about is to bring data in the hands of regular people and whatever tools they need to be able to explore it.
What are some of the ways that people can actually use Popily?
Sure! You would just go to Popily.com and then there you can sign up to either upload your own data sets and explore it or there are loads of public data sets – including the MY World data set – that you can explore yourselves.
What are some of the finding you saw in the [MY World] data?
There were so many things that were really exciting. Just getting to actually look at what is in there has been sort of like a treasure that you can open up and see. One of the things that was really interesting is how education is such a priority across gender, age, and country… I also thought that is was interesting how in certain countries the younger generation… its better to reach them via paper balloting as opposed to any kind of web or mobile tools, and I would have never expected that.
What do you have planned for the future?
There’s a lot actually! We’ve been partnering with companies and organizations, especially governments and city governments, to be able to explore data that citizens would care about. So helping organizers put the data in a shape that they can make some decision on and then put it back out in the hands of regular people is really fun and is exactly what we got to do.
Las voces de la Juventud es el resultado del trabajo realizado durante los años 2014 y 2015, en el marco de la encuesta MY World y que expresa las prioridades de desarrollo de más de 15.000 voces de niños, niñas, jóvenes y adolescentes de la ciudad de Bogotá y que apoyaron la definición de la nueva Agenda de Desarrollo 2030 con sus respectivos ODS.
Estos resultados han apoyado discusiones que en materia de temas de Juventud se han dado en el país, incluyendo una presentación en la Presidencia de la Republica de Colombia. El documento también muestra acciones de la juventud como: las experiencias ambientales en colegios públicos bogotanos “Pacto Mundial de jóvenes por el clima”, encuentro realizado en Toulouse Francia, que sirvieron como insumo a la reunión del COP 21 y escenarios de participación en la Universidad nacional de Colombia y el simulacro de la ONU más grande de Latino América SIMONU (ingles) .
By Di Cao-Youth Advocate of UN Millennium Campaign
During the 70th UN General Assembly, the UN Millennium Campaign (UNMC) together with our important partners from Chinese civil society organized a series of events to further engage Chinese NGOs in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With one-fifth of the world’s population, China has achieved the Millennium Development Goals in seven development indicators ahead of time, including poverty reduction, halving the hungry population, universal primary education, eliminating gender discrimination in primary and secondary education, reducing under-five mortality, tuberculosis and malaria prevention and control, safe drinking water and basic sanitation facilities. The direction of China’s future development endeavors and the degree of its commitment to global public goods will have a significant impact on the entire international community.
Director of the UNMC Mitchell Toomey and Secretary General of China NGO Network for International Exchanges You Jianhua
On September 18th, 2015, UNMC supported the China NGO Network for International Exchange (CNIE), the China All-Women Entrepreneurs (CAWE), and the China Great Wall Society (CGWS), in organizing “Balance and Sustainability: Chinese Civil Organizations Support Global Development Agenda” Roundtable in the UN Headquarters in New York City. Guests from the UN, government, private sector, and civil society from around the world attended the meeting. Keynote speakers from various professions shared their experiences and inspiring ideas about the SDGs: Mr. Yang Xiaoping, Vice President of Charoen Pokphand Group, talked about the innovation PPP model in developing modern agriculture; Mr. Huang Haoming, Vice Chairman, Executive Director of China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), shared his research on activating the role of NGO in helping government to achieve poverty reduction goals. Chinese civil society has been actively involved in the implementation of the MDGs in the past. As the SDGs are about to launch at the time, a new proposal of Chinese civil organizations on the implementation of the post-2015 global development agenda was presented during the GA.
Attendees of “Balance and Sustainability: Chinese Civil Organizations Support Global Development Agenda” Roundtable
Following the roundtable, UNMC welcomed the Chinese delegation to hold a moment in the We the Peoples’ Hub to present significant achievements of China implementing the MDGs such as climate change and affordable energy from the NGO’s perspective. This moment also served as a platform for conversation between the UN and Chinese civil society on SDGs as well as the moving forward partnership.
Director of the UNMC Mitchell Toomey and guest speakers from Chinese civil society in We the People Hub
Youth advocates from YouThink
To bring a human perspective to the development agenda of China, UNMC showcased Humans of MY World in China, which featured the voices of various vulnerable communities and marginalized individuals in the country, including low-income groups, migrant workers, children and youth. During the China Moment, these stories were exhibited to a global audience through multi-media tools. The stories are also available on https://twitter.com/myworld2015
On Saturday, 5 December 2015, people around the globe will celebrate International Volunteer Day by rallying to support the world’s new Sustainable Development Goals, through initiatives ranging from a massive group hug in Brazil to an online selfie campaign. The Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by the General Assembly in September, aim to end extreme poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, by 2030; fight inequality; and address climate change. This year’s International Volunteer Day (IVD) theme, “The world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!” is challenging each and every one of us to be part of implementing the Goals.
“The actions of volunteers around the world are critical to ensure that the world’s next plan for ending poverty leaves no one behind,” said Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers Programme. “When people volunteer their time, skills, and energy, they are addressing inequality, innovating, and working with a broad range of partners to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. Volunteers create spaces for people to engage, acquire voice, and contribute to saving the planet and humankind.”
On International Volunteer Day 2015, the UN Millennium Campaign would like to thank volunteers who showed how their #actioncounts for MY World – and from now on, for the Sustainable Development Goals!