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”

Meet the new UN Millennium Campaign Director, Mitchell Toomey!

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With the beginning of a new year, we are pleased to introduce you to Mr. Mitchell Toomey, who has taken on the post as Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign as of January 2015.

Prior to becoming Director of the Millennium Campaign, Mitchell held the position of Senior Adviser of the Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group in UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy. He has led groundbreaking work using digital media and technology to engage the public and civil society organizations around the world in collaborative crowdsourcing of development solutions focused on bringing vital services to the poorest and most vulnerable populations. Mitchell also helped design and launch UNDP’s Global Innovation Facility.

No stranger to MY World and the World We Want 2015 initiatives, Mitchell led the technical design and implementation phases of these platforms and other e-consultations to strategically engage millions of people around the world to participate in the post-2015 development framework. These initiatives and consultations, with the support from partners around the world, offer tremendous insight on priorities for the next generations of global anti-poverty goals.

Before joining UNDP, Mitchell launched two start-ups, served as Executive Producer for an interactive marketing agency, and worked as a management consultant helping traditional firms leverage digital markets and business models. He is an American national and holds a Masters of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BA in Philosophy.

2015 is a critical year for us to focus on the MDGs’ final push and to ensure that citizen voices are reflected in the new development framework, civil society-led citizen engagement on a local-level is more crucial than ever before. By using an innovative strategy, forging new partnerships, and strengthening existing ones, Mitchell hopes to lead the team to support government, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with an ambitious and inclusive post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

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MY World with FIA at the Modial de l'Automobile

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Blog by Luca Pascotto, Global Public Policy Manager, FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE L’AUTOMOBILE

The Paris Motor Show (4-19 October 2014) – “Mondial de l’Automobile” – is one of the most important shows in the automotive calendar, taking place every two years.

Main car manufacturers announce their new models and the latest green and safe vehicle technology that will be fitted in new cars. The 2014 edition marked an outstanding result, attracting more than 1,2 million visitors: journalist, experts, but also families and the general public.

The event represented the perfect framework for the FIA, a non-for-profit global organisation, which brings together 236 national motoring and sporting organisations from 141 countries on five continents, to promote MY World at its stand.

We were positively surprised from the great success of the initiative: more than 3.000 people came to the FIA stand taking the time to voice their opinions on future policy areas. Many of them voted for “Better transport and roads,” giving strong encouragement to the FIA to continue advocating at the international level for improving road safety, in the second half of the  United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020”.



Humans of MY World – Sharing the Stories Behind the Global Survey

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After traveling to 15 countries across 5 continents, Humans of MY World (HOMY) returned to New York to share MY World stories with the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014. The UN Millennium Campaign distributing postcards with HOMY images and stories. Several events also showcased large-scale Humans of MY World prints.

A photo-narrative project launched in April 2014 by the UN Millennium Campaign, HOMY aims to highlight a variety of personal stories from participants of the MY World Global Survey. MY World voters share the rationale and stories for choosing their top priorities – the personal experiences and philosophies which led them to select their priorities for a better world.

“Humans of MY World is a powerful reminder of what global development is truly about: improving the daily lives of individual people around the globe. Humans of MY World brings further life and nuance to the groundbreaking data being collected by the MY World 2015 campaign,” said UN Millennium Campaign director, Corinne Woods. ​

Their travels have thus far taken them to Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Sri Lanka, Kosovo, Turkey, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Rwanda and Iceland. The cultivation of the content has been supported by a number of UN Country Offices, as well as UNHCR and UNDP.

In mid-October, HOMY began a partnership with UNHCR Rwanda to capture stories in Rwanda from two of their refugee camps there: Gihembe (population 15,284) and Mugombwa (population 6,850). HOMY now has nearly 30,000 Facebook followers and newspapers, magazines, and radio programs have featured the project. You can see the growing collection of HOMY interviews on Facebook at:

“UNMC is working hard to amplify citizen voices in new and innovative ways,” commented William Moore, UNMC consultant and HOMY photographer and co-founder.  “HOMY is just one part of that movement, but it is an important means of upholding our focus on the power of stories, and the wisdom of the human individual.”

HOMY also launched a 6-week exhibition at a popular coffee shop, Pennylane coffeehouse, located near the UN Headquarters in New York at 305 E 45th St. The exhibition lasts until November, so be sure to check it out if you are in the neighborhood!

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Over 4 million voices heard

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Over 4 million people have had their say at the UN! Many congratulations to Mexico as the country with the most votes (nearly 800,000)!

Up to now, the survey results reveal that the top priorities for voters to improve their lives are a good education, better healthcare, an honest and responsive government and better job opportunities. This strengthens the validity of the current Millennium Development Goals and places new issues on the global agenda.

MY World has massive support among the youth. Over 70% of all voters are younger than 30 years old.

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Many thanks to the following individuals for their assistance in developing and translating the toolkits and associated graphics: Natalie Gardner, Christina Samson, Alice Chen, Kristin Gutekunst, Emmanuel Fontalvo, Divine Ntiokam, Nya DJjowa Audrey, Ngnepi Sandra, Papa Tiecoro Dembele, YouThink

JCI Members Commit 2,522,500 votes at 2014 JCI Global Partnership Summit


By Carlos Suarez, JCI External Relations Manager, with edits by Bonnie Stack, JCI Communications Manager
23-25 July, 2015 – New York

Nearly 500 young active citizens from over 50 nationalities united inside the United Nations at the annual Junior Chambers International 2014 Global Partnership Summit. JCI seized this significant, timely opportunity to discuss the final push for the advancement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and explore opportunities on shaping the post-2015 development agenda. With young people joining together to increase cultural understanding and create positive change, the event was an essential gathering to engaging active citizens from all sectors of society to formulate strategic partnerships for sustainable impact. “The Millennium Development Goals represent the greatest single anti-poverty campaign in human history,” UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General Kim won-soo said.

With the MDGs as a global framework to fight poverty, it will take the combined effort of governments, the private sector and civil society to develop a successful strategy and create measurable results.  The 2014 JCI Global Partnership Summit united leaders and representatives from all sectors to address and formulate sustainable approaches to development. The UN Millennium Campaign plays an integral role in engaging young active citizens by listening to their voices and providing the platform for taking targeted action, advocating for the MDGs and the post-2015 global development agenda. As young people around the world focus on the MDGs as a targeted approach to addressing challenges, strategic JCI partners recognized the importance of long-lasting collaboration.

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Children International Gives Children and Youth a Say at the UN

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For the first time, the UN is allowing people to have a direct say in shaping a better world – and Children International Is helping young people around the world take advantage of this opportunity

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Kansas City, MO (August 6, 2014) For the first time, the United Nations is allowing people to have a direct say in shaping a better world, and Children International is helping the nearly 340,000 impoverished children and youth it serves take advantage of this opportunity.

The UN has created two platforms – “MY World” and “The World We Want 2015” – with a specific version of the latter for children under 18 called “The World Children Want.” These platforms allow people to voice their opinions about what should be a priority for the global development process starting in 2015, at which point the UN’s Millennium Development Goals will expire. The UN has been working with governments everywhere to define the next global agenda to address extreme poverty and preserve the planet. The quantitative data from “MY World” and the qualitative data from “The World We Want 2015” will continue to inform these processes and be used by decision-makers around the world.

“I want this to be the most inclusive global development process the world has ever known,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a video about creating the post-2015 agenda.

Children International is making sure that the hundreds of thousands of young people living in the impoverished communities it serves are able to have their voices heard by the UN through the “MY World” and “The World Children Want” surveys. Children International computer labs are available in 10 countries for children to fill out the surveys online, and Children International staff and volunteers are also assisting children and youth with paper ballots. Several of Children International’s locations will have the children and youth fill out the surveys as part of their International Youth Day activities on August 12.

UN Surveys 1Somnath, a Children International sponsored youth from India who recently completed the “MY World” survey, said, “It means a lot to fill in this survey. I am so overjoyed and excited …It’s an opportunity for me to make myself heard and my opinion matter.”


Rukshar, a Children International sponsored youth also from India, said, “It is important to listen to the voices of children and youth because the policies being made for the future concern us, and it is sensible to take into consideration our opinions and concerns to get a holistic view.”


Anyone can add their voice to the “MY World” survey, and children between the ages of 8 and 18 can add their voice to “The World Children Want” survey. Join the “World We Want 2015” discussion!

See where Children International works to serve impoverished children and youth around the world.

About Children International

Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.

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JCI Renews Commitment to MY World Campaign


During the 2014 JCI Area Conferences, JCI members took action to engage young active citizens and surrounding community members in the MY World campaign during each of these unique events in Medellin, Colombia (April 23-26), Lome, Togo (May 21-24), Yamagata, Japan (June 4-7) and St. Julian’s, Malta (June 11-14). JCI adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2004 as a way for young active citizens to take targeted action in their communities to create a global impact. The MY World Campaign presents a unique opportunity to continue the commitment and engagement for setting the next set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the post-2015 process.

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The United Nations Goes Grassroots For the MY World Global Tour

Note: This is an article originally posted on the Huffington Post & The Toolbox by Melissa Jun Rowley

willsaigeI’ve always believed that whatever we fall in love with as children never really leaves us, but that it merely gets buried by distractions and obstacles we create when we become adults. That being said, growing up doesn’t need to be quite so tragic. When we’re remarkably clear about our convictions, the people who enter our lives and the circumstances we face move in the direction of our dreams with us. This isn’t a New Age ideal. This is what happens when someone has unwavering vision.

When Saige Martin was 12 years old, he told people he wanted to end poverty when he grew up. Filled with vision and determination, he mapped out his world travels and wrote down the kinds of campaigns he’d build and execute. 11 years later, Saige’s professional and personal dreams are unfolding in front of the world. On April 1, he and fellow United Nations Millennium Campaign Chief Storyteller and Campaign Consultant, William Moore, set out on the first leg of the MY World Global Tour, initiated for the purpose of collecting and amplifying insights from everyday citizens on the ground about the changes they think need to take place to transform their communities for the better. Traveling to 12-15 different countries from now until the end of August, Saige and William will be capturing data and personal stories of the people they meet in villages, classrooms, hospitals, and refugee camps, and sharing these human faces with the United Nations and its leaders.

While the MY World Tour is brand new, the MY World initiative itself has been in effect for more than a year. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched MY World in 2013 as a global survey to inform the decision-making process on the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda. To date, more than 1.5 million citizen insights from 194 countries have been gathered. As part of the new goal to reach 10 million MY World participants, Saige and William are setting out to garner 1 million additional votes, while supporting the UN’s nonprofit partners in cultivating engagement around the post-2015 anti-poverty debate.

So how are they going to do this?

“A major component of the Global Tour is the recruitment of young people as MY World voters and Youth Advocates,” shared William. “Of the 1.6 million votes we’ve collected thus far, 67 percent of those votes have come from people under the age of 30 years old. On each tour stop we will partner with public and private universities, high schools and primary schools in order to expand our MY Campus program, which engages and empowers young people to be change agents in their communities.”

Currently in their first country of the tour, Mexico, William and Saige are already seeing the collective power of the youth.

While working with the UN partner AXIOS, the duo visited two schools, where the students pledged 20,000 votes in the MY World survey. Mexico’s votes now stand at approximately 36,000. They received such a positive response in the region that a contest arose between the schools in the two neighboring towns of San Miguel el Alto and San Juan de los Lagos.

“Long story short, the two schools are now in fierce competition on behalf of MY World,” said Saige. “Motivated by the prospect of becoming MY World Youth Ambassadors, the student leaders are working on bringing in a certain number of votes. Having heard that the San Miguel students had pledged 10,000 votes as their minimum to become Youth Ambassadors, the San Juan student council announced that they could easily bring in 15,000 from their town. We set the bar at 10k for each school and have left AXIOS to coordinate the competition.”


Saige said the San Miguel school is planning to hold a press conference with the mayor in order to get out the vote.

“For both groups it seemed to be an issue of making sure their town’s voice is brought to the table for post-2015, as well as defending communal pride. The deadline to reach 10,000 votes is August 15th.”

On the data front of MY World, information on the priorities of key demographics is viewable at, where visitors can explore voting results by age, gender, income, education, country and region. The MY World staff recently sent out the first wave of “country reports” to the Permanent Missions of over 60 member-states. These reports provide leaders with a bespoke snapshot and in-depth analysis of MY World results in their country.

As for the MY World Tour storytelling component, William and Saige are going grassroots style.

“Our motto going into this trip has become “Have camera, will travel!” shared William. “We have two DSLR cameras, two flip cams, and three MY World tablets that will serve as virtual voting booths whilst we collect votes and conduct citizen interviews on street corners and in other public spaces. Tour followers can anticipate a short video and a series of photo-narratives from each and every country stop on our tour. This content will ultimately be adapted into a public exhibition at the UN when we return to New York City in September.”

Congratulations to William, Saige, and the entire United Nations Millennium Campaign team on embarking on what is sure to be a humanizing and eye-opening journey for the UN and citizens across the globe.

The Toolbox will be sharing updates on the MY World Global Tour on a regular basis. If you’d like to follow the tour via social media, check out the team’s Facebook page, and the MY World blog.