The evening of 25th of September during the UN General Assembly week brought together MY World friends from far and near, in person and via live web-stream – and these MY World friends had 5 million reasons to celebrate!
The hard work of dedicated MY World partners brought the voices of 5 MILLION PEOPLE from 194 countries into the United Nations. MY World has had very extensive support from a range of partners, over 700 organizations, including NGOs, heads of state, faith groups and youth movements who are still currently participating in its roll out and this collective achievement provides the perfect backdrop for a MY World Partner Recognition Event and MY World Award Ceremony which took place in New York during the UN General Assembly week.
This global survey, thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of all is now the largest survey of its kind ever undertaken.
The 65th UN Department of Public Information (DPI) NGO Conference convened thousands of representatives from 1,300 NGO organizations around the theme “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda”. During the Roundtable Discussion on Climate Justice in Practice, Daniel Thomas of the Secretariat General’s Climate Change Support Team announced the MY Green World Survey on behalf of UNMC. Dan announced that the launch of the voting platform would take place during the Climate Summit with support from the Secretariat General’s Climate Support Team, D
Throughout the meeting, Dan showcased the importance of voices from civil society mobilization leading up to the Climate summit and on the road to COP 21 in Paris, 2015. The Permanent Representative of Palau, Dr. Caleb Otto, sat beside Dan Thomas. The impact of climate change on vulnerable communities was echoed through Dan’s presentation.
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.
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
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development in Sri Lanka takes pride to announce that Sri Lanka is currently one of the leaders in the MY World Global Survey. Hon. Minister Dullas Alahapperuma pleadged one million votes from Sri Lanka at the 68th UNGA in 2013.
Sri Lanka currently has 554595 votes. Almost 100% are youth 16-30 years old.
Watch the video below with interviews with Hon. Minister Dullas (Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development), Subinay Nandy (UN Resident Coordinator, Sri Lanka), Ravi Karkara (Expert Adviser, Children and Youth), Amila Rajapaksha (Global Youth Advocate, Sri Lanka), Shehara Herath (MY World Focal Point, Sri Lanka)
It is my privilege to share with you the 2014 Ministers Reference Book of Commonwealth which is Designed to help commonwealth member countries work ever-more closely with each other to build a peaceful and prosperous community.
The report features over 40 articles from leading commentators, including H.E.s David Cameron , Goodluck Jonathan, Executive Heads of UNCTAD, ITC, IMF, UNESCO, FAO and others. It also has a feature on Hon. Nelson Mandela’s legacy and his impact on the Commonwealth.
I am very honored to inform that the book features my article on Youth Led Development (Page 152-155) among all these other luminaries.
Last year, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development of Sri Lanka, Dulles Alahapperuma pledged up to 1 million votes in the MY World Survey. Currently, Sri Lanka tops the MY World Survey country list with 488593 votes, and more are gathered every week. As such, they are responsible for 23.1% of the total votes casted on the MY World Survey. In an unprecedented move, almost 100% of all the votes have been cast by young people between the ages 16 and 30. Sri Lanka’s commitment to the MY World survey and empowering youth culminated at the World Conference on Youth where many activities were planned to further promote the survey.
Director of the UN Millennium Campaign, Corinne Woods, via twitter said that she is “amazed by the Sri Lankan governments mobilization of youth for My World 2015.”
The top six priorities are reflected by youth in Sri Lanka thus far are “A good education,” “Better healthcare,” “An honest and responsive government,” “Access to clean water and santiation,” “Affordable and nutritious food,” and “Protection against crime and violence.”
“It is vital to ensure that youth are a part of the conversation to identify the next development priorities, both globally and locally,” HRH Princess Basma bin Talal said during the UN Day celebrations on 24 October, adding that “here in Jordan, youth were a vibrant part of the national consultations”.
Proud of the recent award as the “Best Outreach Partner of the Arab States Region”, the “Mark A Difference” volunteers were the protagonists of the UN Day event held in Amman, attended by over 500 people to commemorate the foundation of the United Nations. Their achievements, enthusiasm and dedication were recognized by HRH Princess Basma bin Talal, the guest of honor. Continue reading ““Mark A Difference” volunteers in the spotlight of the UN Day in Jordan”