Canon y las Naciones Unidas tienen un objetivo en común: promover y apoyar los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, concienciando a la población sobre la importancia de unirse a este movimiento global. Por eso, el programa de educación audiovisual para jóvenes Young People Programme colabora con la Campaña de Acción de Naciones Unidas para los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible y anuncia la convocatoria de la edición de 2019.
La Campaña de Acción de Naciones Unidas para los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible es una iniciativa especial interagencia del Secretario General de la ONU, encargada de ampliar, escalar y mantener el movimiento global de acción por los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, movilizar e inspirar a individuos y organizaciones de todo el mundo para que se unan al movimiento global, al tiempo que conectar las acciones y percepciones de las personas con los tomadores de decisiones en los procesos de planificación y revisión de Objetivos.
“Los 17 objetivos representan el Plan para transformar el mundo. Si queremos que se cumplan, necesitamos que todos, organizaciones e individuos por igual, tomen parte activa en esta transformación. A través de nuestro trabajo con Canon Europa, estamos brindando a los jóvenes la oportunidad de involucrarse en los temas que les afectan más directamente, contar sus propias historias y generar un dialogo con los líderes mundiales y unirse al movimiento global que está tomando cada vez más fuerza para asegurar que los ODS sean una realidad”, ha explicado Marina Ponti, Directora de la Campaña de Acción de Naciones Unidas para los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible.
El Young People Programme de Canon es una iniciativa a nivel europeo para concienciar a los jóvenes sobre el poder de la imagen para alcanzar los ODS. La primera edición en España tuvo lugar en julio de 2018, cuando 30 jóvenes madrileños de entre 15 y 18 años disfrutaran de dos semanas de formación destinadas a aprender el poder de la imagen para contar historias y hacer frente así a los problemas sociales. De la mano de profesionales de Canon, la ONG educativa Empieza por Educar, diversos fotógrafos profesionales como Ofelia de Pablo, Javier Zurita o Marc Albiac, y el Canon Ambassador Jaime de Diego, los jóvenes pudieron explorar los problemas globales que afectan su futuro, tomando los ODS como marco.
6 proyectos para dar voz a 6 realidades sociales
Los alumnos formaron 6 grupos para desarrollar sus proyectos finales, para los que eligieron un ODS sobre el cual realizaron un pequeño vídeo-documental acompañado de una serie fotográfica. Los trabajos finales, que pueden visualizarse en http://youngpeopleprogramme.es/primera-edicion/ fueron valorados por un jurado especializado formado por Aitor Lourido, responsable de comunicación de Empieza por Educar, Mercedes Martel, periodista de TVE24h, Olga Quintanilla, directora de Corresponsables y Juan Felipe Obreo, Director de Canal Profesional de Canon. El jurado destacó el gran trabajo realizado por los jóvenes en tan poco tiempo y su implicación en el proyecto.
Pablo Millanés Dulín, Director de Alianzas, Desarrollo y Operaciones de Empieza por Educar subrayó “la madurez con la que los alumnos se han enfrentado a estos proyectos, que tratan temas tan sensibles como la violencia de género o la desigualdad social desde el respeto, la compasión y la denuncia. Hemos visto cómo, en dos semanas, estos chicos han evolucionado no solo en sus aptitudes técnicas con las cámaras, sino también en su parte más humana”
“La fotografía y el vídeo son dos medios de expresión muy poderosos. Si enseñamos a los jóvenes a usar el poder de la imagen para contar historias reales, los convertiremos en verdaderos changemakers al poner su punto de vista al servicio de una sociedad más justa.”, destacó Gema Escudero, Responsable de Sostenibilidad de Canon España, sobre la importancia de la educación audiovisual para los jóvenes.
Young People Programe 2019: ya en marcha
Tras el éxito de la pasada edición, Canon ha dado a conocer las fechas de la edición de Young People Programme 2019, que tendrá lugar en Madrid del 24 de junio al 5 de julio. Una vez más contarán con el apoyo de Empieza por Educar y de Jaime de Diego para esbozar el programa educativo. Próximamente se anunciarán las fechas de apertura para el plazo de recepción de candidaturas.
From UNDP South Sudan
Yine Yenki Nyika is Co-Founder and Mentorship Director of “GoGirls ICT Initiative”. Founded by a group of dedicated young South Sudanese women, the initiative aims to engage, educate and empower women and girls in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Yine has also involved the GoGirls in MYWorld2030, a global survey aiming to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals, map priorities among citizens, and help decision makers understand citizen perceptions and priorities.
Yine, her GoGirls team members, and a few more volunteers chose to collect survey responses and raise awareness about the SDGs among South Sudanese youth who find themselves in between school or University and work. By approaching small businesses and Boda boda motorcyclists at their stopping places along busy Juba roads, Yine and her team sought to explore what kind of lives this population group are living. They were particularly interested in the situation for young women and mothers. Founded by and working for youth, the GoGirls seeks to find ways to engage and empower young South Sudanese. Yine finds that targeting youth through the MYWorld survey provides a good starting point to better understand and develop activities for this group.
GoGirls ICT Initiative is already working for the SDGs through its focus on education, girls’ empowerment, and gender equality. Thus, the MYWorld survey feeds into their work and only represents a “different way of solving our common problems”, says Yine. She finds the interactive approach that the survey provides interesting and useful. Her experience is that “people feel important, valued and safe when reached out to, and they freely share information about their lives, challenges and future aspirations. As a result, one gets to clearly understand their problems”. Yine finds it difficult to choose one SDG of high importance to her. “I like all the 17 SDGs”, she says laughing. However, Quality Education (Goal 4) and Gender Equality (Goal 5) are of particular concern to Yine.
“Education and Gender Equality go hand in hand. Education cuts across all the SDGs, like No Poverty, Decent work and economic growth, and Gender Equality. When we say: “education for all”, this also includes the other gender which is often left out, namely the girls”.
The inclusion of girls in the education system translates into a key principle for sustainable development and the SDGs; Leaving no one behind. According to Yine, if the education system is strengthened and quality education ensured for all, illiteracy rates will decrease, and we will see progress on many SDGs in South Sudan. Pointing to the multiple challenges faced by and violations committed against women and girls in South Sudan, Yine calls for and highlights the need for establishing forums or spaces where women and girls can talk freely and speak up about issues concerning them.
By UNDP South Sudan
What is needed in South Sudan? They share their voices for a better world.
The MYWorld2030 survey brings people’s voices into debates on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development – the Sustainable Development Goals – in South Sudan and across the World. It is one of the mechanisms through which disaggregated data is collected and analysis is enabled to monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. It therefore contributes to UNDP Strategic Plan outcome on advancing poverty eradication in all form and to UNDP Signature Solution of “keeping people out of poverty”. The project is financed by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.
UNDP South Sudan, with financial support from the Government and People of Norway, mobilized Volunteers to reach out and collect data for the Survey. It is also one of the commitments of UNDP South Sudan to develop “tools and country knowledge products applied to mainstream Sustainable Development Goals.
This data and analysis is meant for multiple purposes. First, it is meant to create opportunities for SDG engagement and awareness. Second, it is meant to monitor which of the SDGs South Sudanese consider are of immediate concern to them and their families. Third, it is meant to monitor perceptions of South Sudanese overtime, across geographical areas (place), gender, and generation regarding whether the situation is getting better, worse, or remaining the same. Fourth, it is meant to inform public and private choices on which SDGs to invest to address the greatest concerns of the South Sudanese. Note that this will also change over time, place, gender and generation.
For instance, if people are unaware of SDGs, it is an opportunity to create awareness. In the case of South Sudan, only 45.4 percent are aware. Creating more awareness will enable South Sudanese appreciate global development discourse. At least ½ of the South Sudanese consider SDG 1 (No poverty), 3 (Good health and wellbeing), 4 (Quality Education), 5(Gender Equality), 6(Clean water and Sanitation), and 16 (Peace, Justice and strong institutions) of immediate concern to them and their families. At least ½ of the South Sudanese consider SDG 1 (No poverty), 2 (Zero Hunger), 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 14 (Life below water) have become worse. These inform investment choices for the public and private sectors.
The data was collected in 2018 covering interviewing 464 males and 203 females, making a total of 667 people.
Low Awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals
Are you aware of the Sustainable Development Goals or ‘Global Goals’ signed by 193 World Leaders at the UN in September 2015? The results show that the awareness of SDGs is low (see Figure 1), with less than ½ of the respondents indicating that they are aware of the SDGs. That is true for male and females. However, slightly more than ½ of those with education level beyond secondary are aware.
Which goals are of most immediate concern?
Which six of the following Global Goals are of immediate concern to you and your family? Respondents were asked to identify six of the Global Goals that are of immediate concern to them and their family (see Figure 2). At least ½ of the respondents indicated that SDG 1 (No poverty), 3 (Good health and wellbeing), 4 (Quality Education), 5(Gender Equality), 6(Clean water and Sanitation), and 16 (Peace, Justice and strong institutions) were of immediate concern to them and their families. We do not see major differences between men and women.
Perceptions of progress on the Goals
Respondents were asked: “Would you say the situation on your chosen Goals has got better, stayed the same or got worse over the past twelve months?”. Respondents were of the view that At least ½ of the South Sudanese consider SDG 1 (No poverty), 2 (Zero Hunger), 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 14 (Life below water) have become worse. This points to areas for possible investment by the public and private (national or international), especially in addressing poverty, hunger and decent work.
What does this mean for the National Development Strategy of South Sudan?
The National Development Strategy expected results and expected strategic deliverables are reproduced in Tables 1 and 2. In both instances, it is SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), 2 (No hunger), 3 (Health and wellbeing), 4 (Quality Education) and 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure).
Except for SDG 9 addressed by the National Development Strategy, the strategy seems to address the SDGs of immediate concerns to South Sudanese and their families.
In addition, except for SDG 8, the NDS seems to prioritize those that the South Sudanese consider having become worse in the past 12 months.
Table 1: Expected Results
|NDS Outcomes||SDG Related Indicator||NDS Indicator|
|Feel safe to go about their business||SDG 16.1.4 Proportion of population that feel safe walking alone around the area they live||% of population that report feeling safe to go about their business % population that feel walking alone around the area they live|
|Enjoy stable prices||SDG 2.c.1 Indicator of food price anomalies||Rate of inflation (year-on-year)|
|Access to basic services||SDG 16.6.2 Proportion of the population satisfied with their last experience of public services||% of population satisfied with their last experience of public services|
Table 2: Expected Strategic Deliverables
|Strategic Deliverables||SDG Related Indicator||NDS Indicator|
|Create enabling conditions for and facilitate the voluntary return and integration of displaced South Sudanese||SDG 16.1.5 Total number of people displaced internally due to conflict and violence||% of total number of people displaced internally due to conflict and violence return % of total number of refugees due to conflict and violence return|
|Develop appropriate laws and enforce the rule of law||NDS x: Proportion of people with rule of law related grievance that receive satisfactory redress||Proportion of people with rule of law related grievances that receive satisfactory redress|
|Ensure secure access to adequate and nutritious food||2.4.1 Proportion of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture||Net Cereal production|
|Silence the guns by facilitating a permanent cessation of hostilities||16.1.2 Conflict-related deaths per 100,000 population, by sex, age and cause||Conflict-related deaths per 100,000 population|
|Restore and expand the provision basic services||3.1.2 Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel 3.b.1 Proportion of the population with access to affordable medicines and vaccines on a sustainable basis||Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel (%)|
|Restore and expand the provision basic services cont.||4.1.1. Proportion of children and young people achieving at least a minimum proficiency level. 4.6.1 Percentage of population in a given age group achieving at least a fixed level of proficiency in functional (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills, by sex||Proportion of children completing primary education|
|Restore and maintain basic transport infrastructure such as roads and bridges||SDG 9.1.1 Proportion of the rural population who live within 2 km of an all-season road||Proportion of the rural population who live within 2 km of an all-season road|
What does this mean for the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan?
The Revitalized Peace Agreement has 4 substantive chapters that directly relate to the SDGs which have been reflected as of immediate concerns to South Sudanese and their families and/or are considered to have worsened:
- Chapter II: Permanent ceasefire and transitional security arrangements (SDSG 16);
- Chapter III: Humanitarian assistance and reconstruction (SDG 3 & 4);
- Chapter IV: Resource, economics and financial management (SDG 8);
- Chapter V: Transitional justice, accountability, reconciliation, and healing (SDG 16);
The other chapters are strongly linked to organization:
- Chapter I: Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity
- Chapter VI: Parameters of Permanent Constitution
- Chapter VII: Joint Monitoring and Evaluation
- Chapter VIII: Supremacy of the agreement and procedures for amendment.
The SDG Global Festival of Action will be attended by leaders from governments, local authorities, international organizations, civil society, the creative industry and the private sector, the activists, the storytellers, and young advocates, all working to further SDG Action across the globe! For your chance to be part of this annual convening moment for the SDG Action Community, apply to register now!
When & Where
The #SDGglobalFest will takes place on 2-4 May 2019 in Bonn, Germany
For WhoIf you are working on SDG campaigning, communications, advocacy, liaison, education, implementation or awareness raising, we want to hear from you! We are keen to bring together people who are acting towards the achievement of the SDGs from a variety of sectors, specialisms and regions to foster true collaboration and joint up actions.
You will be asked to first create a delegate profile where you enter personal information, followed by a series of more substantive questions about the kind of SDG work you are engaged with, why you wish to attend the Festival and what you hope to get out of it. The application process shouldn’t take long to complete but by finding out a bit more about you, the Festival organizing team are able to ensure a diverse and high quality mix of SDG actors in attendance from across the globe!
For further information, see registration FAQs.
By Katina Grigoraskos, MY World 2030 Advocate in Thailand
On November 3 & 4, 2018, international school students from all over Thailand participated in the first ever Youths for SDGs conference hosted at Wells International School.
Youths for SDGs is an academic event that focuses on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and strives to be a part of this universal call to action. The event’s objectives included raising awareness to the SDGs, creating a network of youths passionate about making change, and promoting creativity in finding solutions towards current local issues. With those objectives in mind, the event consists of three activities: the Breakout Session, the SDG Quest, and the Case Challenge. High school Youth Leaders led the discussions and activities in the Breakout Session and SDG Quest.
The Breakout Session is an interactive discussion where participants get to explore different themes of SDGs. The SDG Quest is a game where randomly-grouped participants can collaborate in exploring fun activities and booths related to the SDGs. The Case Challenge presents a current real-life local issue to the teams to find creative and feasible solutions to.
High school students from international schools were given the opportunity to network and share ideas, as well as capitalize on their creativity and problem-solving skills. A total of almost 150 students from 14 international schools all over Thailand participated in this event. Schools came from other areas of Thailand, such as Hua Hin and Phuket, to join in the event as well.
The event started off with the opening ceremony, where the conference director and initiator of Youths for SDGs, Prima Pupornchai (Wells’ Class of 2015 alumna) gave a welcoming speech. This was followed by a speech from our guest speaker Mr. Sorawit Paiboonrattanakorn, who gave an inspiring speech about establishing Saturday School, a social enterprise where volunteers taught children life skills on Saturdays.
Then the students headed to their respective discussion rooms for the Breakout Session, led by youth leaders. There are six themes, which covers all of the Global Goals. The themes include:
- End poverty in all its forms and create decent jobs
- End hunger, achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture
- Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusivity and foster innovation
- Conserve and sustainably use resources for sustainable development and promote climate action
In the SDG Quest, students were separated into random groups, with various schools mixed together. They were instructed to earn as many points as they could by participating in the activity booths and completing tasks related to SDGs within a limited time. This fun activity made the students bond and make friends with students from other schools.
In the Case Challenge, the participants got back together with their teams of three and received the case for this year’s challenge. The theme of this year’s case, Waste Management in Thailand, was revealed. The teams had two and a half hours of case cracking time to find a solution and make a presentation. The following day was the presentation day, which consists of 3 rounds: the preliminary round, the semifinal round, and the final round.
The judges for the semifinal and final rounds were Ms. Chutima Pratheepkongjaroen, Social Impact Manager at Local Alike, Dr. Kallaya Suntornvongsagul, Environmental Researcher and Professor at Chulalongkorn University, and Ms. Qi Xue, UN Volunteer & SDG Research and Advocacy Officer at UNDP.
The winner was team Satit Kaset IP. Their idea was to create an application called MyWaste, which tackles food and plastic waste in Thailand by incentivising people to lower their consumption by earning points in the app. There was a 5,000 baht seed capital for the winning team to to implement a small scale version of their solution.
The closing ceremony concluded the event with a video recap and a closing speech from the conference director, Prima Pupornchai.
Overall, the event has inspired many students to learn more about the SDGs and to create change in the society. It was a very fun, productive, and memorable weekend.
Thank you to our partners, sponsors, school advisors, students and, guests for your wonderful support for this youth initiative. This event was truly an event for youths, by youths.
Calling on SDG Advocacy change-makers for the UN SDG Action Awards!
To meet the SDGs we need everyone to take SDG action. The UN SDG Action Campaign is looking for the top SDG mobilizers, storytellers, campaigners, connectors, visualizers, includers and creatives across the world who are making this happen!
The UN SDG Action Awards recognize the most brilliant individuals, civil society organizations, subnational governments, foundations, networks, private sector leaders who are working on SDG advocacy to advance the global movement for the Sustainable Development Goals in the most transformative, impactful and innovative way.
Submissions open until 30 January 2019. Apply NOW for the UN SDG Action Awards
The winners are announced at a special Awards Ceremony held at the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development in Bonn, Germany (2-4 May 2019), and their initiatives and projects are highlighted throughout the year as an inspiration and role model to the growing global community of SDG leaders, decision-makers and influencers.
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The UN SDG Action Campaign, along with Paragon Partnerships and Kantar Public, has been awarded the President’s Medal, a honor which is bestowed annually by the Market Research Society (MRS) to an organization that has conducted extraordinary research.
The President’s Medal Winner – the UN SDG Action Campaign, sponsored by Paragon Partnerships (Kantar Public and Lightspeed) – developed and tested a question library of almost 100 SDG questions. This huge project constituted the first step to enable countries to measure their journey to the accomplishment of the SDGs in a consistent way. Data from the library was presented at the United Nations High Level Political Forum in July 2018 and is also publicly available for any government organization or NGO to use.
The UN SDG Action Campaign, with Paragon Partnerships and Kantar Public, were selected as one of the five esteemed nominees who have been using research to positively impact society. This year’s nominees were chosen by President of MRS Jan Gooding, Chair of MRS Phyllis Macfarlane and CEO of MRS Jane Frost CBE.
On choosing the winner, Jan Gooding, President of MRS, said:
“I was immensely impressed by what was achieved on a voluntary basis. It was a huge act of generosity on the part of everyone involved. At a time when the UN can find itself justifying its work and existence, when the problems in the world are so huge, this kind of collaboration to provide evidence of effectiveness is something to be celebrated and applauded.”
The MRS Awards celebrate research’s ability to drive innovation, inspire change and deliver results. See all finalists and winners of this year’s awards.
The UN SDG Action Campaign is an inter-agency special initiative of the UN Secretary-General to scale up, broaden, and sustain the global movement to take action for the SDGs. The UN SDG Action Campaign aims to mobilize and inspire individuals and organizations to take action and join the global movement for the SDGs, while connecting people’s actions and perceptions with decision makers in SDG planning and review processes at all levels.
Paragon Partnerships was launched at Impact 2016, the MRS Annual Conference, by Stan Sthanunathan of Unilever in response to the UN’s 17th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). The programme calls on the private sector to help the UN achieve the SDGs by 2030.
The Market Research Society (MRS) is the UK professional body for research, insight and analytics. MRS recognizes 5,000 individual members and over 500 accredited Company Partners in over 50 countries who are committed to delivering outstanding insight. As the regulator, they promote the highest professional standards throughout the sector via the MRS Code of Conduct.
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By Hilary Ogbonna, UN SDG Action Campaign
In the smouldering tropical heat in downtown Bamako, he has convened a group of volunteers to perform the daunting tasks of transmitting over 60,000 paper survey responses received from across Mali from citizens who have just informed their Government and the United Nations about their development priorities through MY World 2030 survey. For Sory Monekata, Executive Secretary of Forum of International NGOs in Mali, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in September 2015 is a major opportunity to advance transformative and inclusive development in which every Malian will have a voice and their priorities accommodated in national development planning.
Since the adoption of the SDGs, the UN SDG Action Campaign has worked with partners across the globe to inspire actions and multi-stakeholder engagement with the SDGs. Mr. Monekata belongs to a growing movement of partners nurtured by the UN SDG Action Campaign to mobilize citizens and volunteers at local levels to take SDG action through MY World survey. MY World is a unique framework which provides a platform for multi-level actors to interface to ensure inclusivity, participation and accountability in SDGs implementation, reporting and review.
When the Government of Mali and the UN Country Team agreed on the implementation of the MY World Survey as a citizen engagement tool in the report and review process for the SDGs in Mali, Mr. Monekata and other civil society actors seized the opportunity to mobilise hundreds of volunteers across the 10 regions to identify the priorities of the citizens and assess progress on SDGs implementation. The survey was aimed at generating citizens’ data which will bring peoples’ perspectives to the Voluntary National Review (VNR) for which Mali was a candidate country in 2018. The VNR is a process of self-appraisal by Member States in the implementation of the SDGs and presented at the annual High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York.
The MY World survey is an intensive exercise requiring huge human resources, commitment and passion. Volunteerism is at the heart of MY World survey. For instance, the first edition implemented between 2013-2015 saw over 5,000 volunteers working in Nigeria alone to reach 2.7 million people on what their priorities for a post MDGs agenda will be. The survey in Mali was not going to be any different. For two weeks, over 500 young volunteers were mobilized across the country to engage with communities, schools and markets, creating awareness on the SDGs and asking questions about their impact on the quality of life. The work of volunteers did not stop after the field work. For the first time in the implementation of the survey in any country, the UN SDG Action Campaign engaged online volunteers outside the project country to assist in the data entry of the responses from the survey. With the UN reporting deadline for fast approaching, the UN SDG Action Campaign put out a call to local volunteers in Bonn, Germany and to the Online UN Volunteers platform. More than 100 volunteers took up the call. Over 20 came in person and 35 more volunteered online to assist with the data entry over the next 5 days. From Nigeria alone, the Campaign and its local partners mobilized 50 volunteers from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for the MY World Mali data entry. In all there were volunteers from more than 24 countries from all the regions of the world.
The MY Wold survey in Mali is no doubt a best practice on the deployment of volunteers using online facilities. It is a clear indication that volunteerism is a huge asset in mobilizing for the SDGs as well as in building a global movement of actors holding governments accountable on their commitments to the SDGs through MY World survey. In the words of Marina Ponti, Acting Director of the SDG Action Campaign: “in MY World Survey, everyone is a volunteer – trainers, enumerators, respondents, data analysts, reporters, visualizers and many more. In all our work, from Nigeria to Morocco, Mexico to Bhutan, Cameroon to the Philippines nothing more expresses the cardinal role of volunteerism in driving campaigns and social change, than the MY World survey”.
As more Member States participate in the Voluntary National Review (VNR), the Campaign will be offering MY World 2030 survey as a ready tool and mechanism to create awareness, mobilise citizens’ participation in implementation and review and generate data for measuring progress and accountability.
The MY World survey was implemented in May and June 2018 in all the regions of Mali. The field work coordination and collation were conducted by the following Malian civil society organisations and coalitions: Conseil National de la Société Civile, Forum des ONG Internationales au Mali and Forum des Organisations de la Société Civile au Mali. The survey was supported by the UN Country Team and the Government of Mali. Technical assistance was provided by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the UN SDG Action Campaign.
Written by Marikris de Guzman and Jose Mateo dela Cruz, MY World 2030 Advocates in the Philippines
In a world where selfies and the need to post on social media all the events that are happening real-time are the norms, how do we make people understand that what is important is not actually seen online? The advocacy for sustainable development boils down to people.
One former Philippine president said to her successor then – It’s the economy, student! But what is the economy if it does not serve the people. We believe that the same is true for the global goals – the centrality of the goals boils down to the development of the people’s lives and their quality of living.
A crucial component of the programme is the ASEAN MY World 2030 survey, which was launched by the 10 Ministers of Foreign Affairs of ASEAN and UNDP Administrator at the opening of the UN General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in September 2017. Through an online form, anyone can answer the survey and make their voice heard by the policymakers. An alternative to answering the online form is through a printed survey form. In addition to promoting the survey, advocates also conduct activities in their locality to promote awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals and feature advocates to demonstrate their local actions.
To bring forth localization, we need to focus not just on theories but on the lived experiences of people. This is where MYWorld becomes relevant – the survey and the Humans of MYWorld features are attempting to get a glimpse of the realities of people and try to measure if the aspirations of the new development agenda have borne significant changes for their lives or not.
As part of our strategy to increase awareness of SDGs in the grassroots level, we have conducted the survey in provincial areas using printed forms to give more space for participation to people who are not easily connected to the internet in the north and south of the Philippines. We did this through tapping local networks from our social capital and mobilizing them to support the conduct of the survey.
For us advocates, we wanted to go beyond promoting the global goals online. We hope to help in generating discussions and developing solutions within our communities. We believe that the people need to be enlightened regarding the SDGs than to merely contemplate about these and appreciate the Global Goals through social media sharing or even posting the goals that mean strongly for you. We knew that what we were doing has inherent limitations. The awareness survey is just the first step in promoting the implementation of the goals. People and institutions alike should be informed about the global goals first. With awareness, we hope that this can spark actions from institutions and communities to build collaboration and partnerships toward localizing and achieving the global goals at the grassroots level.
With this, the real power of MYWorld as a platform comes in – it is bringing back the discussion of these lofty and ideal goals to the people who demanded for sustainable development years ago. Features, campaign hypes, and communication strategies are being done to make people work for the goals but are we venerating the goals as an idea without understanding the real end game?
This year, we are privileged to be part of the ASEAN MY World 2030 Programme which aims to empower young changemakers in the ASEAN region to take upon a leadership role for both the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, led by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign, the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub and the UN Volunteers Asia-Pacific. Selected youth advocates from the region will lead and carry out a series of advocacy activities in order to raise awareness about both agendas and increase citizen engagement to inspire concrete actions on the ground.
The challenge here is how to create a society recognizing individual aspirations but collectively working for these shared goals. This means going beyond the comfort of the online space and going to the communities and people where development is greatly aspired for. The battle to make the goals a reality is still ongoing. It will not just end in an online campaign rather it will be a long march from one community to another to educate, advocate, and work together for the global goals. It is a battle for uplifting the lives of more than 7 billion people and preparing this generation and the next to create a sustainable future- a planet that each person can say: MYWorld – a world that we want!