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UN Talks and UN Day in Bonn

Twenty years ago, on 20 June 1996, the flag of the United Nations was hoisted in front of Bonn’s Haus Carstanjen in the presence of former Environment Minister Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. The United Nations Volunteers programme had just moved to Bonn, followed by the UN Climate Secretariat shortly after. This marked the beginning of Bonn’s development as Germany’s United Nations City. With roughly 1,000 UN employees and about 20 UN organizations, the location has become a powerhouse for global sustainability that is playing a key role at the international level. The UN SDG Action Campaign is proud to be one of the newest members of the UN Bonn family.

‘Shaping a Sustainable Future’ is the common theme for the work of all Bonn-based UN organizations. From Bonn, we are rendering a key contribution towards the achievement of the 17 SDGs by the year 2030. On the occasion of ’20 years of UN Bonn’, the work of Bonn’s United Nations organizations will be presented during our UN Talks this year.

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UN SDG Action Campaign at European Development Days

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On 15-16 June 2016,  the UN SDG Action Campaign jointly with the UN Brussels Team facilitated the setting up and coordination of an SDG Action Hub at the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels, Europe’s leading forum on sustainable development. For its tenth anniversary, EDD 2016 focused on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Organized by the European Commission, EDD brings the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

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Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent an unprecedented leap forward in the fight against poverty and inequalities, as well as in the struggle for environmental sustainability. The SDGs embody a universal, inclusive and transformative vision of development, which calls upon all Member States to ensure a life of dignity for all, leaving no one behind.

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UN team with World Bank President Dr. Jim Kim, UN Secretary-General Ban  Ki-moon and his wife Mrs. Ban, and European Commissioner Neven Mimica

The EDD provided a unique opportunity to generate momentum around Agenda 2030 in Europe and across the globe, and to reflect on the universal character of the Goals.

At this year’s forum, the United Nations (UN) showcased and celebrated the Agenda 2030’s inclusive spirit of leaving no one behind and the SDGs, which are truly the “peoples’ goals”. It also underscored the importance of citizen engagement and action-centered initiatives to deliver on the Agenda and achieve the Goals.

Queen Mathilde of Belgium visits the UN Stand

Visitors to the stand had the opportunity to learn more about the SDGs through new technologies such as virtual reality, and interact with the data generated from the MY World survey, as well as to promote the SDGs first-hand by having a say at the stand’s meeting point and taking pictures of themselves with the different Goals.

Visitors interact with data and watch virtual reality

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Future Tour “Zukunftstour” in Bonn

Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia Hannelore Kraft, Bonn Mayor Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, BMZ Minister Gerd Müller  & SDG Action Campaign's Xavier Longan support the SDGs at the "ZukunftsTour" at World Conference Center Bonn
Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia Hannelore Kraft, Bonn Mayor Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, BMZ Minister Gerd Müller & SDG Action Campaign’s Xavier Longan support the SDGs at the “ZukunftsTour” at World Conference Center Bonn

Today (30 June 2016) the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) invited the United Nations Organizations in Bonn to the World Conference Center Bonn as part of the “ZukunftsTour” – “Future Tour – One World – One Responsibility”, promoting the BMZ Charter of the Future and Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN hosted a #UNBonn20 exhibit featuring Humans of MY World, virtual reality #UNVR, the new website www.unbonn.org and information about the UN in Bonn.

Over 1300 participants and 550 students (from 9th grade upwards), as well as 50 representatives from Africa attended.

BMZ Minister Dr. Gerd Müller & Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia Hannelore Kraft launched the German-African Youth Initiative and discussed the implementation of #Agenda2030 with high-level representatives of the African Union, German and African civil society.

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UN Bonn stand
German youth support the SDGs
German youth support the SDGs

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Heute (30. Juni 2016) lud das Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) die Organisationen der Vereinten Nationen in Bonn zum World Conference Center Bonn im Rahmen der #ZukunftsTour “EINE WELT – eine Verantwortung” ein, um die Themen der BMZ Zukunftscharta und der globalen Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung der Vereinten Nationen #SDGs zu diskutieren und mit Leben zu füllen.

Die Vereinten Nationen veranstalteten eine #UNBonn20 Ausstellung mit Humans of MY World, virtuellem Realitätserlebnis #UNVR, der neuen Website http://www.unbonn.org und Informationsangeboten über die Vereinten Nationen in Bonn.

Über 1300 Besucher und 550 Schüler (ab 9. Klasse), sowie 50 Vertreter von dem afrikanischen Kontinent nahmen teil.

Bundesminister für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, Dr. Gerd Müller, und Ministerpräsidentin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Hannelore Kraft, stellten ein neues Austauschprogramm für afrikanische und deutsche Jugendliche vor, die “Deutsch-Afrikanische Jugendinitiative” (DAJ), und diskutierten mit hochrangigen Vertretern der Afrikanischen Union, sowie Vertretern der deutschen und afrikanischen Zivilgesellschaft über die Umsetzung der von den Vereinten Nationen beschlossenen #Agenda2030.

Bonn (Germany) Open Day #UNBonn20

UN team with the Mayor of Bonn Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, at Villa Hammerschmidt
UN team with the Mayor of Bonn Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, at Villa Hammerschmidt

10,000 visitors visited Villa Hammerschmidt and the former Federal Chancellery to celebrate the 20-year Anniversary of the United Nations (UN) in Bonn on Sunday, 26 June 2016.

The day was officially inaugurated by officials including Mayor of Bonn, Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, Dieter Kalthoff, Director of Security for the Presidential Office, Richard Dictus, UN Volunteers Executive Coordinator, and Peter Failer, head of International Development Policy for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The day even featured music from the band “The UNbearables” made up of UN employees.

Visitors learned more about the millions of voices on MY World through an impressive Humans of MY World photo exhibit. The United Nations showcased the new UN Bonn website http://www.unbonn.org, the #SDGs, and allowed many families to experience global issues firsthand through immersive #virtualreality #UNVR.

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Humans of MY World exhibit
Humans of MY World exhibit
Visitors experience virtual reality films
Visitors experience virtual reality films
Villa Hammerschmidt
Villa Hammerschmidt

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10.000 Besucher besuchten die Villa Hammerschmidt, Bonner Amtssitz des Bundespräsidenten, und das einstige Bundeskanzleramt anlässlich des Jubiläums “20 Jahre deutsche UNO-Stadt Bonn” am Sonntag, 26. Juni 2016.

Die Veranstaltung wurde offiziell eröffnet von Bonns Oberbürgermeister Ashok Sridharan, Dieter Kalthoff, Referatsleiter im Bundespräsidialamt, Richard Dictus, Exekutivkoordinator des Freiwilligenprogramms der Vereinten Nationen, sowie Dr. Peter Failer, Abteilungsleiter Internationale Entwicklungspolitik im Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ).

Sogar Musik von der Band „The UNbearables“, die sich aus Mitarbeitern der Vereinten Nationen zusammensetzt, gab es am Tag der offenen Tür.

Durch eine eindrucksvolle Humans of MY World Fotoausstellung erfuhren die Besucher mehr über die eine Millionen Stimmen der MY World Umfrage. Die Vereinten Nationen in Bonn präsentierten ihre neue Website (unbonn.org), die globalen Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung #SDGs und Besucher erhielten die Möglichkeit globale Fragestellungen durch ein immersives virtuelles Realitätserlebnis hautnah zu erfahren #UNVR.

World Humanitarian Summit

Virtual reality hub at the World Humanitarian Summit
Virtual reality hub at the World Humanitarian Summit

The UN SDG Action Campaign participated in the World Humanitarian Summit on 22-24 of May in Istanbul, co-hosting the Virtual Reality hub, along with Samsung Mobile Turkey, RYOT Films, UN Women, OCHA and the WHS Secretariat.

Assistant Secretary-General & Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator United Nations OCHA Kyung-wha Kang watched My Mother's Wing
Assistant Secretary-General & Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator United Nations OCHA Kyung-wha Kang watched My Mother’s Wing

The World Humanitarian Summit – the first summit of its kind held by the United Nations – brought together participants from the global community which included hundreds of delegates and leaders of Governments, crisis-affected communities, private sector leaders, multilateral organizations, international and national NGOs, youth representatives, civil society, diaspora, civil-military, and academic leaders.

The UN is producing films using Virtual Reality (VR) technology, and through this new and powerful approach, they are changing the way how organizations raise awareness and funds. These films highlight some of the most pressing global challenges that the humanity faces, including the Syrian refugee crisis and climate change issues.

At the Summit’s Virtual Reality hub, visitors were able to watch 9 immersive films produced by the United Nations and RYOT films, using Samsung Gear VR and Galaxy smartphones, which were provided by Samsung Electronics. Continue reading World Humanitarian Summit

MY World: Retos para un mundo mejor – Exposición en CaixaForum

MY WorldImagina que estás en la sede de Naciones Unidas en Nueva York. Los líderes mundiales se han reunido para discutir las distintas propuestas para lograr un mundo mejor. Y llega tu turno. ¿Qué propuesta harías?

Subir al podio de Naciones Unidas y transmitir ideas creativas y transformadoras que serán escuchadas, es posible si entras a la nueva exposición interactiva de CaixaForum Barcelona: MY World. Retos para un mundo mejor.

Organizada por la Obra Social “la Caixa” y la Campaña del Milenio de Naciones Unidas, la exposición da a conocer los 17 Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) que pactaron en septiembre de 2015 los líderes mundiales en la sede de Naciones Unidas en Nueva York, y que a través de esta muestra se presentan en primicia en España.

Pero MY World. Retos para un mundo mejor, va más allá de ser una exposición para ser contemplada. Se trata de una acción social en sí misma que requiere de la ilusión y la creatividad de los visitantes, teniendo en cuenta que los ODS constituyen una hoja de ruta universal que precisa, además del compromiso de los políticos, la implicación de la sociedad.

A través de esta exposición podrás conocer de primera mano los logros conseguidos hasta el momento, así como los retos marcados entre todos para conseguir un mundo mejor.

Obra social 'la Caixa'
Obra social ‘la Caixa’

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Join us at Dokufest Film Festival in Prizren! 8-14 August

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The UN Millennium Campaign and the UN Kosovo Team are hosting a #PeoplesVoices exhibit featuring virtual reality movies and a Humans of MY World photo exhibition at Dokufest, from August 8th to 14th by the stone bridge from 12-2pm & 4-8pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the world’s most pressing challenges firsthand by watching two virtual reality movies: “Clouds Over Sidra” which allows the viewer to step into the life of a 12-year old Syrian girl named Sidra living in a refugee camp and “Waves of Grace”, which captures a young woman named Decontee’s struggle for life amid an Ebola epidemic in Liberia.

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More than 7.7 million people from 194 countries have participated in the MY World survey, making it the largest survey ever undertaken by the United Nations. Behind every vote, there’s a human face and a personal story that deserves to be told. Humans of MY World (HOMY) is a photo-narrative project which features the human stories behind the world’s toughest issues. The exhibition consists of a selection of 20 photographs and stories from Kosovo and all over the world. To view the complete collection, visit http://facebook.com/homy2015 Continue reading Join us at Dokufest Film Festival in Prizren! 8-14 August

UNESCO Etxea en País Vasco y MI Mundo

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My World / Mi mundo / Nire Mundua es una encuesta puesta en marcha por Naciones Unidas y dirigida a todas las ciudadanas y ciudadanos del mundo cuyo objetivo es captar la opinión, las prioridades y los puntos de vista de la ciudadanía e informar a los líderes mundiales, en el marco de la definición de la nueva agenda global, la agenda post-2015.

Los resultados de esta encuesta global, que continuará hasta finales del 2015, se compartirán con el Secretario General y los líderes mundiales durante todo el proceso de preparación de la próxima agenda de desarrollo post-2015.

MY WorldUNESCO Etxea es socia oficial de la Campaña, y en el marco del trabajo que está realizando sobre la Agenda post-2015, sacó a la calle esta encuesta para darla a conocer y facilitar de esa manera la participación e incidencia de la sociedad vasca en procesos internacionales.

A través de Nire Mundua las personas pueden elegir seis ámbitos de actuación (de un total de 16) que, en su opinión, son los que supondrían una mayor mejora en sus vidas. Estas 16 cuestiones han sido elaboradas a partir de las prioridades expresadas en investigaciones y encuestas anteriores por las poblaciones más pobres del planeta; y de las informaciones provenientes de los debates técnicos y políticos sobre la futura agenda de lucha contra la pobreza.

El pódium de Nire Mundua recorrió los tres territorios (Basauri y Bilbao-Bizkaia, Donostia-Gipuzkoa, y Gasteiz-Álava). Se colocó en un espacio visible de la ciudad al menos durante media jornada en cada localidad. Se trató por una parte de un pódium desde el que cualquier ciudadano o ciudadana pudo expresar sus prioridades para que fueran escuchadas en todo el planeta, y por otra la realización de la encuesta Nire Mundua. La encuesta es anónima y los participantes sólo tuvieron que indicar su sexo, edad y país para facilitar el posterior análisis de los resultados.

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JCI Italy celebrates 100 years of impact with MY World Podium at EXPO Milan!

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JCI Italy celebrated 100 years of impact on May 16 at the Cascina Triulza EXPO. The Junior Chamber International (JCI) movement was established in 1915 in St. Louis (USA). Today it is present in over 120 countries and 5,000 local communities and representshundreds of thousands of young men and women between 18 and 40, senators (honorary members over 40) and alumni. In the first ever pavilion of civil society at the EXPO,  JCI President Ismail Haznedar and the President of the Regional Council of Lombardy Raffaele Cattaneo presided over the celebration, which featured the MY World Peoples’ Voices podium, inviting citizens to express their opinion regarding the post 2015 agenda.
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National and international keynote speakers
Together with Ismail Haznedar, 2015 International President (the first Turkish citizen who has lead JCI), there were several other guests: Kentaro Harada (Japan), 2011 International President and current chairman of the JCI Foundation; Chiara Milani, 2013 International President and current Honorary Chairperson of the Italian celebrations of the JCI century (first Italian ever and first European woman to have led JCI); Charlotte Moller Bysted (Denmark), current International Vice President. In addition to them and to JCI Italy President Emmadesiree Ciaburri Galasso, there was also a UN Millennium Campaign Representative, Xavier Longan, who explained facts and figures regarding MY World survey, the largest consultation conducted at the UN. 
Xavier Longan, UN Millennium Campaign
 
In the evening, on the stage of Triulza there were JCI Italy TOYP, a Speaking competition ceremony, historical and motivational videos, best practices were shared related to the UN Millennium Development Goals and the promotion both of the Charter of Milan and the post 2015 survey.
 
The Millennium Campaign Podium
Thanks to the partnership existing since 1954 between JCI and the United Nations and following the letter of intent for the involvement of JCI in the post-2015 consultations, signed in 2013 at UN in New York by the Italian JCI President Chiara Milani, on Friday, May 15, at Busto Arsizio EXPO hub and on Saturday, May 16, at EXPO Civil Society Pavillion visitors were invited to choose which priorities they will vote for post 2015 agenda, by expressing their opinion directly from My World Campaign Podium.
The Campaign is traveling the world to gather people’s opinions on issues that are most important to them and their families. Now it arrived at EXPO through JCI Italy, considering that, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said, “Young people are gifted with open minds and a keen awareness of emerging trends, and are bringing their energy, ideas and courage to some of the most complex and important challenges facing the human family.” The Expo is still currently open and we invite all in Italy to visit!

Olé! Building Bridges in Spain #bb2015UN

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4 countries down, 17 countries to go! After leaving from the Netherlands, and cycling through Germany and France, the Building Bridges dynamic duo of Jilt & Teun are now in Spain.

Last Sunday, we joined Jilt & Teun in the Puerta del Sol in the center of Madrid!

Jilt & Teun are cycling down south and are currently in Andalucia, Spain. Follow the exciting Building Bridges adventure from Amsterdam to Cape Town on Twitter with #bb2015UN and on Facebook at Humans of MY World, Building Bridges & the UN Millennium Campaign!