“The SDGs in Action: Country-led, Country-owned”

Join the conversation at the UNGA Side Event on “The SDGs in Action: Country-led, Country-owned” on 21 September 2017, hosted by UNDG.  Speakers include Heads of State/Government and Ministers from the Gambia, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, and Colombia as well as the UN Deputy Secretary-General and the UNDG Chair. Find more information here

Colombia pioneers the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In the early days of SDG implementation, the Goals have proven to be a powerful driver of Colombia’s National Development Plan, the Peace Agreement, and local development plans.

In the department of Nariño on the Pacific coast, young people are overcoming adversities and inequalities. Here is their story on how rural entrepreneurship contributes to peaceful communities.

Chocó and Guajira are among the poorest departments in Colombia, but also home to some of the most biodiverse regions. Here, the 2030 Agenda brings an opportunity to plan a future where the environment is the basis for sustainable and inclusive growth.

The City of Montería has become one of Latin America’s greenest cities, linking green urbanism, transportation and renewable energy to the SDGs. Read more about Montería’s journey.

SDG 6 is coming to life – Korean professor invents device for safer drinking water

For the SDGs to come to life, it is often said that we need new ways of working, new partnerships and everyone to participate – not only governments and UN agencies.

Professor Kyoung-Woong Kim has embraced this message. Together with his team at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, he has developed a water purification device with the potential to change the lives of millions of people.

So how does the device work? As a specialist in soil and underground water contamination, Professor Kim has developed a membrane allowing the purification device to selectively remove water pollutants including pathogenic bacteria. This means purifying contaminated water to 99.9% drinking water. What’s more, the device can be easily installed in disaster-affected areas since its design allows water to flow through the membrane by manual pedaling, without any need for electricity.

Today, 663 million people are still without access to safe drinking water. To achieve SDG 6 local communities, researchers and business need to come together.

Through project “Ongdalsam”, or “Small water spring” in Korean, Professor Kim aims to engage with developing countries where climate change, rising sea levels and water-borne diseases caused by polluted drinking water is a threat to development. The project was first known across Korea when it was discovered in 2009 that the device could purify two liters of water per minute, providing drinking water to about 200 people a day. Since then the device has traveled to Sudan, Fiji, and Kiribati and soon to Tuvalu, where climate change is a threat to water security.

Global sustainable development requires more researchers and entrepreneurs to follow in Professor Kim’s footsteps.

SDG10: Reducing inequalities –
Early attention to the rights of girls and boys with disabilities in Mexico

In Mexico, an initiative on reduced inequalities focusing on children with disabilities has improved the lives of 12,000 boys and girls. So far, 350 caregivers in 9 states have been trained to improve the quality of care and to achieve the full development of children’s skills and abilities.

The Mexican Ministry of Social Development leads a Childcare Facilities Program for Working Mothers that includes 9,200 facilities and reaches 300,000 children in poverty-stricken homes; about 1.7% of whom have a disability. A while ago the UN carried out an analysis of the program, which showed that those in charge of caring for children with disabilities, mostly women, did not have the adequate training to detect developmental challenges, nor to provide caring that allowed the children to reach their maximum potential.

This is the background to a pilot initiative* that aims to increase the quality of care for children with disabilities. So far, 350 caregivers in 9 states have been trained, benefiting more than 12 000 girls and boys. Focus lies on early intervention. The idea is that attending to children with disabilities at an early age will foster the full development of their skills and abilities, give better opportunities to complete schooling and ultimately increase their prospects of leading a life as a fully empowered society member. Caregivers were also trained in human rights, diversity, inclusive planning of educational activities, accessibility and development of community support and networks.

All people may at some point in their life experience a disabling situation. It is a universal issue and is as such addressed throughout the SDGs. For these 12,000 boys and girls, the pilot initiative has meant real change and development. This is what the 2030 Agenda is about: implementing public policies that target the most vulnerable to ensure that no one is left behind.

*The pilot initiative “Model of care and inclusive care for children with disabilities in the framework of the Program of Childhood Stages to Support Working Mothers” is funded by the United Nations Fund to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) and brings together UNDP, UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization/WHO. The project seeks to comply with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, signed by the Mexican government in 2007.

Country-led progress on the SDGs – the journey of The Gambia

Only nine months ago, the Gambia stood on the verge of conflict. Yet since then, the leadership has launched a reform agenda towards a progressive democracy that addresses the needs of all its citizens. A new chapter has begun.

After 22 years of authoritarian rule, The Gambia is facing a unique opportunity for transition. The African Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals can be powerful levers for change as the government stands committed to achieving the SDGs.

25 November 2011, Nyangen – Girl explaining the meaning of the photo she has taken for the Participatory Photo Exhibition at the Reastitution. Boys and girls were asked to describe their village, its problems and its achievements using a digital photo camera.

For the Millennium Development Goals, the precursors to the SDGs, Gambia indeed made significant progress in several areas. Gender equality was one. In 2015, the practice of female genital mutilation or cutting was criminalized, placing The Gambia among 26 other African countries that have banned this nefarious practice. The targets on water and sanitation were met with over 85% of the population having access to clean water and sanitation. Child mortality was significantly reduced.

But unfinished business remains. Many mothers still die while giving birth and The Gambia aims at a maternal mortality ratio of less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030 or sooner.

Almost one in three Gambians are vulnerable to food insecurity. To achieve SDG 2, the recently launched National Zero Hunger Strategic Review is identifying hunger gaps at all levels. This will be followed by regional consultative sessions throughout the country.

As a low-lying country, situated close to the sea, The Gambia is one of the most vulnerable places in the world to climate change. To adapt and mitigate the impacts, the government is implementing a series of actions. The Climate Change Early Warning Systems are being strengthened. Energy and environment concerns are being mainstreamed into national, regional, and local policies, strategies, programs, and plans. Disaster hotspots are being identified to enhance the resilience of coastal and vulnerable communities.

Key to all of these challenges is the younger generation. With a population of only 2 million, The Gambia accounts for a disproportionate number of people embarking upon the perilous journey across the Mediterranean in search for a better life. By August 2017, Gambians accounted for 5.6% (or 6 294 persons) of all arrivals in Europe from the Mediterranean, according to UNHCR.

The government is now developing a migration policy, through a participatory and inclusive approach, including youth organizations. But the Gambian youth must also see a peaceful, sustainable society with opportunities for decent work, access to education and healthcare to feel like they play are a role, are excited about and confident in the country’s future.

This is the moment for Gambia to scale up and gain momentum on what has been set in motion. If wholly-owned by the people, and led by the government, the SDGs can be a vital travel companion on their journey.

Join the conversation at the UNGA Side Event on “The SDGs in Action: Country-led, Country-owned” on 21 September 2017, hosted by UNDG.  Speakers include Heads of State/Government and Ministers from the Gambia, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, and Colombia as well as the UN Deputy Secretary-General and the UNDG Chair. Find more information here

Action for SDGs: Civil Society takes the lead! Peru and the Agenda 2030 Ambassadors

The 2030 Agenda Peru Ambassadors Program is promoted by The Millennials Movement, the World We Want Platform and the UN Inter-Agency Network for Youth Development – Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality.  The Program aims to facilitate the educated participation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the process of dissemination, sensitization, implementation and citizen monitoring for 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals at the country level.

Youths discussing SDGs with the CSO Red de Mujeres Iberoamericanas

Through the program, the participant CSOs members join a capacity-building and evaluation process, deliver actions to sensitize their community the 2030 Agenda and SDGs, articulate their organizational goals with the Sustainable Development Goals and bring the voices and opinions of Peruvian men and women to UN and global leaders through the survey My World2030.

“The 2030 Agenda Peru Ambassadors Program, have allowed us interact with other people with similar ideals as our organization, making us feel that we are not alone, that we are accompanied by other youth who have the same desires to make of this a better world.”
– Jessica Danae Tapia Acero, Youth for Change / Líderes por el Cambio

Facilitating this way is a sustainable and inclusive process to achieve the SDGs by 2030. It is important to mention that the program raises awareness about the importance of gender equality to achieve the SDGs through program curricula and as a transversal matter. As it is hard to think about sustainable development when 50% of the population worldwide can’t give their 100% to achieve it.

Peru’s Youth Ambassadors for the Agenda 2030
Credit: Inpulsa Turismo

In 2016 the program reached 16 regions of Peru where 22 CSOs and 162 of their members became “citizen ambassadors” for the 2030 Agenda. 57 actions on the ground were delivered and 2,557 My World surveys were facilitated.

“The Ambassadors Program for the 2030 Agenda has shown us that it doesn’t matter how small the decisions we make every day are, every single decision in every single regards can actively contribute to achieve SDGs by 2030.”
– Rosario Diaz Garavito, The Millennials Movement

The 2030 Agenda Peru Ambassadors Program promotes participation of the CSOs and visualization of their effort as relevant contributions in their communities. CSOs have been contributing to the development process through their communities for quite some time, but many of them do not relate their efforts as contributions to achieving sustainable development at the national level, as some of them are not even familiar with these international instruments.

ICJ Lima

It is clear that the program contributes to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).  The program also includes gender equality approaches that need to be considered while delivering concrete actions to Peru. Peru is a country with different issues regarding gender inequality, according to the last National Gender Inequality Report 2015, the levels of inequality include both economic and political spheres.

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Read more stories of Action for SDGs from all over the world and be inspired …


MY World Mexico’s Youth Taking Action in 2017’s HLPF

Written by: Karol Alejandra Arámbula Carrillo, National Operations Coordinator & Jesús Epifanio Vicencio Prior, Content and Writing Division at MY World Mexico.

Last month the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) was held at United Nations Headquarters with the purpose of giving a space to different stakeholders for the sharing of their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The HLPF is the United Nations main platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs that provides the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States Members of specialized agencies. This year’s team was “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”. The set of goals that were reviewed in depth were Goal 1 (No poverty), Goal 2 (Zero hunger), Goal 3 (Good health and well-being), Goal 5 (Gender equality), Goal 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure), Goal 14 (Life below water), and Goal 17 (Partnerships for the goals).

In accordance with Paragraph 84 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States decided that the HLPF shall carry out regular Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs which included developed and developing countries, as well as relevant United Nations entities and other stakeholders. The HLPF reviews this year were state-led, involving ministerial and other relevant high-level participants, and provided a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders.

This year’s VNRs aimed to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The VNRs also focused on strengthening policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs. The VNR countries submitted comprehensive written reports that were be made available in the VNR database. In addition, each VNR country provided main messages summarizing their key findings. In addition, the Secretariat invited all relevant stakeholders to host side-events during the HLPF. In total, 147 side-events, 3 special events, and 10 learning courses and workshops to favor the 2030 Agenda and the implementation of the SDGs were organized. MY World Mexico was able to join events daily and participate in key meetings with stakeholders at the global and national levels.

For this year’s HLPF five team members from MY World Mexico were selected by as a result of their work on the ground since 2016 to represent My World Mexico at this outstanding event.

As result, our participation increased the voices and impact of young people and volunteers of MY World Mexico due to the campaign’s work related to the implementation of SDGs and its monitoring through the MY World 2030 survey. In addition MY World Mexico’s partnerships strengthened with key meetings and approaches (like Ilmi Salminen, United Nations Youth Delegate of Finland; Anne-Sophie Dubrux, United Nations Youth Delegate of Belgium; Adil Skalli, Project Office, Climate Change, Global Goals Camp; Model Assemblies, United Nations Association in Canada; Steve Lee, Executive Director, Foundation for Environmental Stewardship, among others).

We were able to share best practices of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs locally, nationally and internationally, which were acknowledged by its focus on volunteering. On the other hand our team improved youth advocacy skills and got to explore new opportunities for MY World Mexico to improve and innovate our work (specifically, key points to improve MY World Mexico as a network of youth talent).

We established frequent communication and collaboration with youth around the world, to advocate for the involvement of young people in the governance processes aimed to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. This included a close dialogue with Mexico’s Presidency to interact on new ways to include youth in SDG action and discussion mechanisms at the national level.

Read MY World Mexico’s Full Report on the 2017 HLPF: here.

Campeones por los océanos – Perú, por nuestros océanos, por nuestro futuro.

Publicado por: Rosario del Pilar Díaz Garavito – The Millennials Movement Founder and CEO

Los océanos ofrecen a la humanidad una infinidad de recursos y beneficios que impactan en la vida de las personas de manera directa o indirecta, además de ser un regulador del clima por excelencia los océanos brindan la posibilidad de dinamizar economías locales, proveen de alimentos nutritivos a las diferentes comunidades, entre otros beneficiosSin embargo este recurso y el ecosistema marino se ven amenazados día a día por diversas situaciones que se presentan en el área terrestre como en los mismos océanos, temas como contaminación, acidificación de los océanossubsidios pesqueros, generan daños en el ecosistema marino impactando de manera negativa en la comunidad global. 

Por lo que, en el marco del llamado global para proteger los océanos, realizado en la Conferencia Sobre los Océanos y las acciones enmarcadas en el Objetivo de Desarrollo Sostenible 14: Vida Submarina, desde The Millennials Movement, organización miembro del grupo de políticas estratégicas de la plataforma El Mundo Que Queremos, nos sumamos a las acciones para proteger este recurso de la mano con el Centro de Información de Naciones Unidas en el Perú CINU Lima, mediante la iniciativa Campeones por los Océanos.

Campeones por los Océanos busca sensibilizar a las y los estudiantes de escuelas en diferentes regiones del Perú sobre la importancia de los océanos, la problemática existente, las oportunidades que este recurso representa y su articulación con la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible.







Luego del espacio de sensibilización las y los estudiantes participan de un taller en el cual por equipos formulan propuestas para proteger los océanos desde sus escuelas, las mismas que son sometidas a un proceso de votación por los mismos estudiantes. Una vez seleccionada una de las propuestas presentadas, ésta es tomada por los estudiantes y autoridades de la institución educativa como un compromiso para proteger los océanos desde su escuela. 

El lanzamiento de la iniciativa y primera intervención se dio en el Colegio Mayor Secundario Presidente del Perú – COAR Lima, el 8 de junio en el marco del Día Mundial de los Océanos. Fueron 100 jóvenes quienes participaron de la conferencia de sensibilización que contó con la participación de representantes Centro de Información de Naciones Unidas Perú – CINU Lima, The Millennials Movement y la iniciativa Hazla por tu Playa. Asimismo se difundieron los recursos educativos de la iniciativa La Lección Más Grande del Mundo a las y los estudiantes, quienes también recibieron materiales informativos y participaron de la encuesta Mi Mundo 2030.

Posteriormente una delegación de 40 estudiantes participaron de un taller para desarrollar propuestas y elegir una de ellas como compromiso para proteger los océanos desde su escuela. Así mismo se desarrollaron intervenciones en el Colegio De la Salle en Lima, y en el Colegio de Alto Rendimiento COAR Cajamarca, siendo que en esta última se contó con la participación de la Red Interquorum Cajamarca. Desde la segregación de sus residuos en escuelas, ferias de materiales reciclados, hasta sensibilización de los otros salones de estudiantes fueron los compromisos recabados por nuestros “Campeones por los Océanos”. 

Difundir entre jóvenes las premisas que sustentan la importancia de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, es una de las principales tareas del Centro de Información de las Naciones Unidas (CINU Lima). Es por eso que para el CINU fue sumamente importante haber organizado una reunión con jóvenes estudiantes del Colegio Presidente del Perú (COAR Lima) precisamente el Día Internacional de los Océanos porque nos permitió no solo ofrecerles información sobre los ODS y en específico delODS 14: Vida Submarina, sino que también nos permitió conocer de sus ideas sobre la importancia de estos objetivos y de su determinación para llevar a cabo una acción concreta. En esta tarea fue importante contar con otros jóvenes, ya comprometidos con esta tarea, como The Millennials Movement. Forjar estas alianzas entre los mismos jóvenes es clave para progresar en la Agenda 2030.” 

Christian Sánchez – Oficial Nacional de Información, Centro de Información de Naciones Unidas CINU Lima

Según el Banco Mundial, el Perú se encuentra entre los principales productores de pesca en el mundo gracias a su ubicación geográfica, que le permite capturar cerca del 20% del total mundial de peces, sobre todo especies pequeñas como la anchoveta. Dicha pesca es de vital importancia para la economía nacional; en la última década ha representado un promedio del 7% del total de nuestras exportaciones.La actividad pesquera aporta al país un alimento nutritivo que contiene 20% de proteínas, lo que supera a las carnes vacuna y avícola, que proveen un 18%. Además, abastece de materia prima a la industria harinera y de aceite de pescado. Su contribución es significativa, pues llega a cerca del 1% del producto bruto interno del país (PBI)1.

Las acciones continuarán en las escuelas de las diferentes regiones de Perú de la mano de The Millennials Movement y otros aliados locales, contribuyendo así con las acciones del movimiento en el marco del compromiso hasta el 2018 para proteger los océanos. Conozca más del compromiso en el siguiente enlace: https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/?id=16442 

Agradecimientos al equipo de The Millennials Movement y a la organización LigaJoc por realizar las tomas fotográficas. 

#SalvemosNuestrosOcéanos #ODS14 #Perú2030 #Voces2030 #PeoplesActions2030

 1 Fuente: http://www.elperuano.pe/noticia-potencial-pesquero-50659.aspx

MY World Mexico’s Commemoration of World Environment Day & The Ocean Conference

Written by: Jesús Epifanio Vicencio Prior (Content and Writing Division) Karol Alejandra Arámbula Carrillo (National Operations Coordinator) MY World México

One of the key pillars of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is how to protect our planet and secure that future generations enjoy a healthy natural habitat like many of us do. Our environment faces many evident challenges, mainly caused by human activities. These challenges which in many cases have turned into actual issues, have considerable impacts upon human health, biodiversity and climate alterations.

Our country Mexico is a country already affected by theses issues. At the national level, toxic waste; pollution and climate change can be easily identified. Mexico City for example, has one of the highest percentages of annual pollutant emissions in the world. Other cities such as Guadalajara or Monterrey generate around 3.5 and 3% percent respectively. Cities like Mexicali and Tijuana are also among the most polluted cities in the country.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 15,000 people die as a result of pollution-related diseases in our country. Mexico also produces an average of 86,349 tons of waste every year, giving this an approximate of 770 grams per person, which mainly occurs in households, buildings, parks and streets. Around 87% of garbage waste is produced in rural communities.

The official statistics provided by the Mexican government, have shown that in the last 3 years, a total investment of nearly $ 1 billion dollars has been done in fighting pollution. Around 44,000 people in our country in the last 8 years, have lost their lives as a result of pollution according to WHO, and 300 children a month die because of air pollution in Mexico.

These statistics replicate themselves as you look into each country’s case. This is why the United Nations has promoted the protection and improvement of environment though establishing June 5 as World Environment Day. The celebration provides the opportunity to develop a basis for well-informed individuals, organizations and companies to promote the conservation of our environment and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The first time the international community commemorated this day was in 1974. Ever since this day has provided individuals and organizations with a platform of public discussion that aims to preserve a healthy Earth. Each year, World Environment Day revolves around a theme that seeks to place attention upon a particular issue. This year’s theme focused on the relation of people with nature to appreciate its beauty and reflect on how we are an integral part of it.

MY World México through its strong national network, partner with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); the United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) and Design For Change to promote actions across the country in favor of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 6, 12, 13, 14 and 15. This aligned with MY World Mexico’s integral strategy to work at the local, national and international levels for the implementation, monitoring, financing, monitoring and socialization of the SDGs in Mexico.

With the support of UNEP, UNV and Design For Change, MY World Mexico launched a call inviting individuals and organizations to promote #SDGAction in favor of the environment. The call reached many organizations and individuals and at the end of the day we were able to register over 30 activities across the country focused on creating awareness and solutions to solve environmental issues at the local level and promote action towards its protection.

Some of these actions included activities such as cleaning of public spaces; reef system tours; conferences and workshops; responsible consumption lectures; reforestations; tours and guided visits to natural parks; among others. Most of the participations were led by high schools, elementary schools, universities, civil society and interested individuals, as well as the private sector. Participant states included Quintana Roo, Veracruz, Yucatán, Puebla, Mexico City, Jalisco, among many others.

In addition to what was being led on the ground, MY World Mexico was also being represented at the first ever United Nations Ocean Conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Two of our 2030 Agenda Youth Ambassadors, Leonildo Tun Caamal and Patricia Lineth Cervantes Rodríguez were responsible for taking to the United Nations the results of MY World Mexico’s National Voluntary Commitment towards SDG 14 on Life Below Water published by the United Nations Presidency of the General Assembly.

The results so far, have included a total of:

  • 15 coasts cleaned in 5 states of Mexico.
  • 3 reef visits in Veracruz.
  • Over 50 awareness activities such as lectures, workshops, conferences and others.

As MY World Mexico worked with the United Nations Global Survey For A Better World MY World 2030, we were able to identify that SDG 14 on Life Below Water was positioned as the least important in people’s choices in this consultation exercise before the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2016. This is why the network considered as fundamental to promote #SDGAction and efforts that helped achieved those goals being left behind.

So far, the results have been incredible and people continue to be motivated to work towards the preservation of our environment beyond the dates that commemorate its existence, as well as challenges.  We reaffirmed our commitment to continue to work on towards the achievement of the SDGs, as well as creating and sharing the knowledge, skills and experiences that help others do the same.

Read MY World Mexico’s full report on World Environment Day (Spanish)

A Year of SDG Action: MY World Mexico

Written by Karol Alejandra Arámbula Carrillo
National Operations Coordinator at MY World México

Three years ago when we had the opportunity to implement the United Nations Global Survey For A Better World MY World 2015 in my hometown Jalisco, México we were able to realize people’s interest in being part of the new global development agenda. Back then, I was amazed by people’s willingness to act and help others participate in the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the end of the day, having collected nearly 400,000 voices in the survey thanks to the mobilization of 500 young volunteers and 255 organizations, Jalisco was able to position itself as one of the most participative entities in the world in the definition of these new Global Goals.

This also led to make Jalisco’s the first in our country to align its State Development Plan to the SDGs taking into account the MY World 2015 results. Jalisco was also part of the adoption of the SDGs and was also awarded the “People’s Voices Challenge Award” for Best Multi-stakeholder Collaboration in September 2015. The results also had a considerable impact in Mexico’s First National Voluntary Review before the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2016, as a significant input for SDG actions coming from civil society’s mobilization mechanisms.

However, as soon as the SDGs were adopted in September 2015, the big questions for an already highly motivated team made mostly of young people, were “so what comes next?” and “how do we make sure that the SDGs are a reality by 2030?”. Thankfully for us this was also a question raised by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign which had recently transform itself from the United Nations Millennium Campaign and was exploring the different ways in which MY World could be used as a platform to track awareness and implementation on SDGs and monitor progress according to peoples’ satisfaction until 2030.

(c) MY World 2030 México – UN SDG Action Campaign. School kids hold the SDGs they feel most passionate about.

This is how a group of organizations and highly motivated people supported by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign and United Nations Volunteers in Mexico, decided to establish a national network called MY World Mexico in April 2016. This network, would not only implement the MY World 2030 survey throughout Mexico, replicating Jalisco’s successful strategy, but would also lead actions at the local, national and international levels for the implementation, monitoring, financing, follow-up and socialization of the SDGs in Mexico.

In its first year, MY World Mexico was able to collect close to 30,000 MY World 2030 votes in at least 25 states around Mexico thanks to the efforts of 75 volunteers and 20 Civil Society Organizations. By July 2016, during the first HLPF that would review countries the team was able to provide the United Nations SDG Action Campaign and Mexico’s Office of the Presidency, the first results of the survey. At the same time at the United Nations Headquarters MY World 2030 was officially launched and members of our team were able to present some of the outcomes of this first implementation phase.

Simultaneously at the grassroots level, our volunteers were activating hundreds of other activities that were able to get others engage in the SDGs. The first challenge that the MY World 2030 results showed was that people did not know about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Around 83% of the people who were surveyed, said they never heard about the SDGs before. The second challenge was that the results of MY World 2030 were quite different from what the MY World 2015 had shown in the past. For example, Water and Sanitation (SDG 6) were among the top priorities, as well as Health and Well-being (SDG 3), which led to identify that people indeed perceive implementation of the SDGs as quite a challenging effort.

Ever since, the network has grown significantly. As of today, MY World México is composed by nearly 60 organizations from academia, civil society, the public and private sectors, as well as 130 volunteers in almost all states in Mexico. The actions and strategies MY World Mexico focuses on are:

  1. Promote and socialize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the support of key stakeholders at the local, national and international levels.
  2. Strengthen and expand the participation and commitment of people in the implementation, monitoring, financing, follow-up and socialization of the SDGs in Mexico.
  3. Lead actions in favor of the SDGs through volunteerism and multi-stakeholder mobilization at the local, national and international levels to achieve all goals and targets proposed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  4. Empower citizens to they promote actions and activities to tell everyone about the SDGs.
  5. Lead national communication campaigns with key stakeholders of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  6. Promote the creation of local and inclusive networks for individuals and institutions in favor of the implementation, monitoring, financing, follow-up and socialization of the SDGs.
  7. Co-create and promote accountability mechanisms at the local and national levels by people through ground mobilization and the search of multiple sources, as well as publicly acknowledge efforts and best practices.
  8. Use technology, innovation and creativity to maximize the impact of people’s participation, as well as knowing SDGs progress in the country for information sharing and appropriate use of data.
  9. Lead advocacy actions at the international, national and local levels.
  10. Promote the annual participation of people in the MY World 2030 Survey.

The network has also participated in key advocacy processes in the United Nations, such as:

  • 2016 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
  • 2016 71º United Nations General Assembly.
  • 2017 United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum.
  • 2017 United Nations 55º Commission for Social Development.
  • 2017 1º Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development.
  • 2017 Youth Forum of the United Nations 61º Commission on the Status of Women.
  • 2017 United Nations 50º Commission on Population and Development.
  • 2017 United Nations First Regional Meeting on Sustainable Development of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

The network is leading actions across the country on a daily basis to achieve the SDGs. We have also taken into account other projects such as Humans of MY World; Virtual Reality; Hackatons; hundreds of conferences and other mechanisms that allow us to tell everyone about the SDGs and incentive action.

The network has been one of the first partners to sign a National Voluntary Commitment before the President of the United Nations General Assembly for the 2017 Ocean Conference leading 25 coastal cleaning activities; 50,000 MY World 2030 surveys and 87 educational activities to achieve SDG 14 on Life Below Water.

(c) MY World 2030 México – UN SDG Action Campaign. Coastal cleaning activity volunteer holds SDG14
c) MY World 2030 México – UN SDG Action Campaign. School kids participate in educational activities around SDG14

We have partnered with initiatives such as TeachSDGs, The Global Goals and The World’s Largest Lesson to use existing creative platforms to engage many others in the process. The network grows by numbers every week and is trying to ensure State and Municipal Committees on SDGs are implemented and that the recently established National Council on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development mandated by the Office of the Presidency includes the participation of all social actors involve in the SDGs. The MY World Mexico’s team took part in the installation of this Council, which is hoped to shape federal policies in the SDGs for the years to come.

A year of great achievements for our time has not only motivated others to participate in the SDGs but has built a solid, diverse and talented team across the country. As one of the first pilot countries of the second phase of MY World 2030 we have been able to secure a place for the SDGs in many people’s hearts and minds, as well as in key efforts in organizations from across sectors. We are certain that MY World Mexico will continue to grow and expand itself to make the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development a reality in our country.

Being able to lead this amazing project has taught me great life lessons, among them realizing how interested young people are in shaping their future. Interest has led to amazing daily actions, which is why I see MY World Mexico as more than a team but a community that has been able to build a strong spirit of commitment to make our country better. We are in contact every day, through every possible mean, making sure we connect our ideas and our work wherever we go. Part of the success of our strategy depends on respect to diversity and willingness to work despite challenges.

We are forever grateful with each and everyone of the individuals, organizations, authorities and United Nations entities that have participated in this one-year journey as MY World Mexico. We could not have done this without out you. We hope to continue to work together for another year of great efforts!

c) MY World 2030 México – UN SDG Action Campaign. MY World volunteers

To know more about MY World 2030 : myworld2030.org

The SDG Action Campaign recently issued a Global Call for Partners to take part in supporting the MYWorld 2030 survey on Wed 31 May 2017 at 10am EST: Join the MY World 2030 Partner Team



Programa de Embajadores Perú Agenda 2030: Por el Desarrollo Sostenible y el Mundo que Queremos

Written by: Rosario del Pilar Díaz Garavito

La definición de la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible y los 17 Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible contenidos en ella, dejan grandes desafíos para la comunidad global que requieren la acción y articulación de los diferentes sectores, incluida la ciudadanía y la sociedad civil organizada para alcanzar el desarrollo sostenible al 2030.

En este contexto The Millennials Movement organización liderada por jóvenes, establecida en Perú, miembro del Grupo de Políticas Estratégicas de la Plataforma El Mundo que Queremos y aliada de la Campaña de Acción por los ODS para la facilitación de la encuesta Mi Mundo 2030, en Agosto del 2016 con la colaboración de JCI Perú, lanzó el Programa de Embajadores Perú Agenda 2030, en su edición piloto, con el objetivo de: “Promover la participación educada de las Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil – OSC, en los procesos de promoción, sensibilización, implementación y monitoreo ciudadano de la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible, y el involucramiento activo de las y los ciudadanos de sus comunidades en los procesos mencionados líneas arriba.”


JCI Lima

Es así que durante los meses de Agosto y Diciembre del 2016, el Programa de Embajadores Perú Agenda 2030, aperturó espacios de fortalecimiento del proceso de construcción de capacidades, diálogo, articulación, toma de acciones concretas y sistematización de data relevante en el marco de la implementación de la Agenda 2030 y los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible. El programa contó con 5 etapas para su ejecución: 1. Convocatoria y Selección, 2. Capacitación y Evaluación, 3. Implementación y Difusión, 4. Sistematización y 5. Certificación.  Así mismo la Etapa de Implementación contó con 5 actividades:

  1. Comunidad 2030: Enfocada en utilizar los espacios públicos como espacios de encuentro y discusión ciudadana para el desarrollo sostenible.
  2. Impactando desde mi esfera de acción: Mediante esta actividad las organizaciones participantes del programa pudieron articular sus objetivos organizacionales con los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, logrando visualizar sus contribuciones con la Agenda desde sus respectivas esferas de acción.
  3. Mi ODS Prioritario: Esta actividad promovió la articulación de los alcances de la Agenda 2030 con el contexto local y la identificación de las prioridades locales.
  4. Conferencias y talleres: Se promovió espacios de conocimiento y discusión para propuestas innovadoras que contribuyan con la implementación de la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible.
  5. Facilitación de la Encuesta Mi Mundo 2030: Mediante la encuesta se facilitó la participación de las y los ciudadanos en el proceso de priorización y monitoreo sobre la implementación de la Agenda a nivel local. Proporcionando data relevante para diferentes actores sociales y llevando las voces de las y los ciudadanos peruanos ante Naciones Unidas y los líderes mundiales.


Fueron 20 organizaciones de la sociedad civil localizadas en 16 regiones del Perú (Ancash, Arequipa, Callao, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huánuco, Ica, Junín, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima,  Pasco, Puno, San Martín, Tacna y Ucayali), las cuales desarrollaron 57 actividades en el marco del programa y 162 miembros de estas organizaciones que luego de las etapas de capacitación y evaluación se convirtieron en “Embajadores Ciudadanos para la Agenda 2030” e involucraron a los ciudadanos de su comunidad en el proceso país al 2030. En este contexto la idea de “diplomacia ciudadana” como un camino posible para hacer de los ciudadanos de todo el globo, protagonistas del desarrollo sostenible al 2030, se convierte en una realidad tangible y con resultados de impacto. Podemos concluir refiriendo que El Programa de Embajadores Perú Agenda 2030 dejo en claro que la Sociedad Civil Organizada puede sumar y visualizar sus contribuciones en el proceso país 2030, como aportes relevantes.

Entrega del Reporte de Programa de Embajadores Perú Agenda 2030 a Madam Lakshmi Puri Directora Ejecutiva Adjunta de Onu Mujeres y al Equipo de ONU Mujeres

El Reporte del Programa de Embajadores Perú Agenda 2030 fue entregado a Rosa Lizarde Co – Directora de la plataforma El Mundo que Queremos y al Grupo de Políticas Estratégicas en la ciudad de Nueva York, en dicha ocasión también se realizó la firma representativa de los certificados otorgados a las OSC participantes. Así mismo el reporte fue entregado a Madam Lakshmi Puri Directora Ejecutiva Adjunta de ONU Mujeres y se presentó la estrategia de acción el día 13 de Febrero en el Conversatorio organizado por la Red Inter Agencial de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo de Juventud – Grupo de Trabajo de Juventud y Género, promovida por ONU Mujeres el cual contó con la participación de representantes de las diferentes agencias de Naciones Unidas y representantes de la sociedad civil de alrededor del globo.

El Mundo que Queremos y al Grupo de Políticas Estratégicas. Nueva York
The Millennials Movement – Entrega de Reporte de Programa de Embajadores Perú Agenda 2030 a Rosa Lizarde, Co Directora de la plataforma El Mundo que Queremos

En el 2017 The Millennials Movement lanzará la edición 2017 del Programa de Embajadores Perú Agenda 2030 con nuevos aliados, nuevas actividades y con el objetivo de seguir contribuyendo con el involucramiento de la sociedad civil organizada y ciudadanía en el proceso de sensibilización, implementación y monitoreo ciudadano de la Agenda 2030 y los Objetivos de Desarrollo sostenible, así como con la facilitación de data relevante y útil para los tomadores de decisiones para el planeamiento de una estrategia país referida a la implementación de la Agenda 2030 y reportes voluntarios nacionales a presentarse en el Foro de Alto Nivel de Políticas Públicas 2017.

Los invitamos a revisar el informe completo del Programa de Embajadores Perú Agenda 2030 – Edición 2016 en:

Humans of MY World is now in Rio!

RIo.jpgCountdown to Rio with the Humans of MY World!

With the arrival of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the world’s eyes are focused on Rio de Janeiro, the “marvelous city.” Known for its good vibes, warmth and joy, Rio de Janeiro is home to many local characters with inspiring stories to tell, whether in line at the bank, on the road or at happy-hour after work.

To honor the people of Rio in the lead up to the Olympics, Roberta Thomaz, member of the RIO+ Centre team set off for the streets of Rio to capture the peoples’ energy, creativity and hope in their attempt to live more sustainably. The RIO+ World Centre for Sustainable Development, a legacy of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), was set up to keep the commitment to sustainable development alive in both action and ideas. A partnership between the Government of Brasil and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) based in downtown Rio, every day they inspire and inform policies and practices that lead to greater social, environmental and economic justice in an attempt to transform the urban daily life, artistic and social of Rio’s population.

All photos by Roberta Thomas

Join the 10 day countdown as we share the hopes and dreams of some of the local people of Rio by following the Humans of MY World on Facebook!


Nosotros las y los jaliscienses: Celebramos 400 mil voces

Por Karol Alejandra Arámbula Carrillo, Coordinación General de Operación MI JALISCO


En septiembre de 2014, Corporativa de Fundaciones, A.C. y la Campaña de Acción para los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (previamente Campaña del Milenio de las Naciones Unidas) firmaron una Carta de Entendimiento en el marco de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas con miras a recolectar las voces de 200,000 personas de Jalisco, México en el proceso de definición de la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible a través de la Encuesta Global de las Naciones Unidas para un Mundo Mejor MY World 2015.

JaliscoDesde entonces, MY World logró conformar una Coordinación General de Operación y un Equipo Operativo de más de 440 jóvenes provenientes de escuelas secundarias, preparatorias y universidades de fuera y dentro de la Zona Metropolitana de Guadalajara, quienes se aseguraron que la encuesta llegara todos los jaliscienses posibles entre diciembre de 2014 a mayo de 2015.

Con el apoyo de más de 255 organizaciones de todos los sectores (Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil, sector privado, sector público y academia), la encuesta llegó a 72 municipios del estado de Jalisco y a 28 estados de la República, logrando un total de más de 400,000 votos de los jaliscienses y más de 10,000 del resto de México. El proceso fue testigo de cientos de memorables historias que recaba el Reporte “Nosotros las y los jaliscienses: Celebramos 400,000 votos”.

Con este reporte, las y los jaliscienses realizan una petición puntual a las autoridades a nivel local, nacional e internacional: la exitosa inclusión, implementación, seguimiento, monitoreo y financiación de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible para vivir en un mundo mejor para el año 2030. Jalisco logró posicionarse en la quinta entidad con mayor participación en MY World a nivel global.

La meta pactada hace casi dos años entre Corporativa de Fundaciones, A.C. y la Campaña de Acción para los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, no sólo superó su cometido, sino que además se convirtió en un instrumento ciudadano para involucrar a la ciudadanía en la construcción de políticas públicas sobre desarrollo sostenible.


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38.000 Peruanos y Peruanas fueron parte en la creación de la agenda post-2015

De la oficina de la Vicepresidencia de la Repúlica de Perú

Peru Vice President


A través de la encuesta “MY World”, los peruanos y peruanas tuvieron una voz ante Naciones Unidas y los líderes mundiales, durante las negociaciones para la elaboración de la Agenda de Desarrollo para después del 2015, que incluye 17 Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible – ODS, 169 metas y más de 300 indicadores para evaluar su cumplimiento al 2030.

En el Perú la encuesta fue promovida por el equipo de impulsores nacionales compuesto por la Primera Vicepresidencia de la República del Perú, Ministerio de Desarrollo e Inclusión Social – MIDIS, el Programa de Voluntarios de Naciones Unidas del Perú, el movimiento juvenil The Millennials Movement, el Decanato de Responsabilidad Social ASU – Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola y la iniciativa Pon de tu Parte, quienes con el apoyo de aliados locales facilitaron el involucramiento de la sociedad peruana en la definición de la Agenda para el Desarrollo para después del 2015, mediante la encuesta My World, alcanzando la participación de más de 38.000 peruanos y peruanas en las regiones de Arequipa, Ancash, Cusco, Ica, Lima, Piura y Ucayali. Ver informe

Fueron 16 las prioridades entre las cuales las y los ciudadanos peruanos, escogieron las 6 más importantes para ellos y sus familias. El orden de prioridades de los peruanos participantes fue:

  1. Buena Educación
  2. Protección contra el crimen y la violencia,
  3. Mejor atención médica,
  4. Un gobierno honesto y receptivo,
  5. Mejor oportunidades de trabajo,
  6. Protección de bosques, ríos y océanos,
  7. Acceso a agua potable y saneamiento,
  8. Comida nutritiva y a precios accesibles,
  9. Equidad entre hombres y mujeres,
  10. Libertad de discriminación y persecución,
  11. Acción contra el cambio climático,
  12. Apoyo a los que no pueden trabajar,
  13. Mejores carreteras y transporte,
  14. Acceso a telefonía e internet,
  15. Energía confiable en los hogares,
  16. Libertades políticas.


La primera prioridad fue “Una buena educación”, en el caso de resultados de población femenina la segunda prioridad es “Protección contra el crimen y la violencia” y dentro de las prioridades para jóvenes provenientes de escuelas estatales una de sus prioridades es el acceso a telefonía e Internet. El 47% de los participantes peruanos en la encuesta “My World” fueron jóvenes menores de 16 años y el 38% fueron jóvenes y adultos entre los 16 a los 30 años. Del mismo modo es importante señalar que fueron: 213 jóvenes voluntarios, quienes facilitaron el desarrollo de talleres cortos de sensibilización sobre Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio, la Agenda Post 2015 y sobre la importancia de la participación ciudadana, así como el llenado de la encuesta en instituciones del sector público y privado. Fueron 67 las instituciones aliadas y 155 organizaciones participantes a nivel local. Así mismo dentro de los esfuerzos realizados se insertó un enfoque de interculturalidad, traduciendo los materiales en idioma quechua y shipibo durante las intervenciones, alcanzando a comunidades diversas en nuestro país.


El informe de nacional del proceso de facilitación de la encuesta My World será publicado en la web de los aliados en las próximas semanas, a fin de realizar la divulgación del trabajo realizado y así seguir contribuyendo así con los esfuerzos globales por involucrar a los y las ciudadanas en el desarrollo sostenible de la comunidad global.

Finalmente cabe mencionar que el día 2 de diciembre, en la Casa ONU Perú, Complejo Javier Pérez de Cuellar, se realizó el reconocimiento a los voluntarios que realizaron los talleres de sensibilización acerca de ODMs y Agenda Post 2015, y la facilitación de la encuesta My World 2015, en la Región de Lima Metropolitana. Así como la presentación de resultados nacionales, dando pase a una serie de réplicas en las regiones participantes. Al finalizar la ceremonia los jóvenes recibieron un taller sobre ODSs y la importancia de su participación como voluntarios para alcanzarlos al 2030. La mesa de honor estuvo compuesta por María del Carmen Sacassa – Coordinadora Regional de Naciones Unidas Perú, Luis Fernando Llanos Zavalaga – en representación del Ministerio de Desarrollo e Inclusión Social, Flor Paredes – Coordinadora Nacional de la Iniciativa Pon de tu Parte y Giancarlo Tafur Arévalo – Coordinador de Compromiso Nacional del movimiento juvenil The Millennials Movement.

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