Security, justice, education and health rank as the most urgent issues for the people in Somalia

In a consultation recently conducted in Somalia, and despite the severe challenges the country is facing, most people perceived their situation in the past 12 months has improved in the country. Yet the report shows that greater attention and significant improvements must be made in security, justice, education, and health.  

The recently implemented e-consultation, a coordinated effort between the Federal Government of Somalia and UNDP, supported by the SDG Action Campaign, finds that SDG1 – poverty reduction, SDG 2 – food security and nutrition, SDG 3 – health & well-being, and SDG 4 – education, are among those goals in which progress is most notably perceived. Lowest in this ranking are SDG 11 – making cities inclusive, safe and sustainable, SDG 16 – promoting sustainable consumption and production, and SDG 12 – ensuring good and inclusive governance.

The preferred options to tackle these issues and achieve these goals: strengthening of national systems and developing clear strategies and plans. 

Cultural Barriers preventing women´s equal participation in decision making


That “women can bring leadership and value to development, when equally represented” was agreed among the majority of participants. The major perceived factor  preventing women’s equal participation in development in Somalia: the existence of cultural barriers, followed by lack of awareness about women’s rights and discrimination.

Why is this relevant?

This report harnesses the voices of a wide number of Somali people, their priorities and expectations, to put forward the key areas for investment in order to achieve the Goals. The initiative was specifically implemented at a first stage with the hope for furthering women’s inclusiveness and give the Federal Government of Somalia a better understanding of what is important to its citizens and the basis to create a strategy for implementing the SDGs.


Making the people´s voices count 

Consultations allow people to participate effectively in raising their voices to their governments on priorities and on the preferred methods by which these Goals can be achieved and holding them accountable. Through this process we learned some key lessons that will help us better implement these surveys in the future:

  • Consultations are a key tool to better understand people’s perceptions and consider them in planning processes, monitoring implementation of programmes and projects by asking people about their perceptions on service delivery.
  • In order to do this, it is key to reflect what are the findings expected from such a survey: what do we want to listen to? This will help us answer important questions such as: Should the consultation be conducted at a national o local level? What segments of the population do we want to engage? what are their preferred or available options to reach out? Should civil society be engaged?
  • A consultation can support and strengthen an ongoing process and be a useful exercise for the planning and implementation of government plans. Moreover, these exercises are key to improve State legitimacy and build strong institutions.
  • Nationally-owned designed processes are much stronger when linked to global initiatives.  

Read the full report :
Somalia e-Survey NDP-SDGs

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Women’s Economic Empowerment Citizen Survey Report

In January 2016, the UN Secretary-General launched the High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, created to provide thought leadership and mobilize concrete actions aimed at closing economic gender gaps that persist around the world, therefore contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The High-Level Panel committed to launching a report and action plan by the September 2016 UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting. This report harnessed the best ideas and insights collected during the current evidence gathering and global consultation period to put forward an ambitious vision which will motivate and persuade global decision makers to create a cohesive strategy for implementing the targets and goals around women’s economic empowerment in Agenda 2030. Throughout this journey, there was a requirement to engage with organizations, NGOs, the rural and urban poor, young people and civil society so they are part of a conversation that builds momentum, buzz and political will for this ambitious agenda for women’s economic empowerment.

The creation of this citizen survey instrument at and the SMS version in partnership with U-report was to help meet this challenge and to engage people all over the world, especially women, to better understand their subjective experiences and views about priority areas needing attention to ensure women’s full economic inclusion and empowerment. The findings of the citizen survey were shared with the High-Level Panel for their consideration in the run up to UNGA 2016. This final report draws on the correlations between the citizen survey findings and the report published by the HLP in September 2016.


World’s most marginalized still left behind by global development priorities: UNDP report

Source: Originally published on UNDP

Millions of people are not benefiting from progress, with the gap set to widen unless deep-rooted development barriers, including discrimination and unequal political participation, are tackled.

Stockholm – A quarter-century of impressive human development progress continues to leave many people behind, with systemic, often unmeasured, barriers to catching up. A stronger focus on those excluded and on actions to dismantle these barriers is urgently needed to ensure sustainable human development for all.

These are the findings of the ‘Human Development Report 2016, entitled Human Development for Everyone’, released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The report finds that although average human development improved significantly across all regions from 1990 to 2015, one in three people worldwide continue to live in low levels of human development, as measured by the Human Development Index.

“Leaving no one behind needs to become the way we operate as a global community. In order to overcome the barriers that hamper both human development and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, inclusiveness must guide policy choices,” said Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, speaking at the launch of the report in Stockholm today, alongside UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and the report’s lead author and Director of the Human Development Report Office, Selim Jahan.

“The world has come a long way in rolling back extreme poverty, in improving access to education, health and sanitation, and in expanding possibilities for women and girls,” said Helen Clark. “But those gains are a prelude to the next, possibly tougher challenge, to ensure the benefits of global progress reach everyone.”

This is a concern in developed countries too, where poverty and exclusion are also a challenge, with over 300 million people – including more than one-third of all children – living in relative poverty.

Left behind and unable to catch up: systemic discrimination against women, indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, among others

The report notes that not only are deprivations high, but disadvantages disproportionately affect some groups.

“We place too much attention on national averages, which often mask enormous variations in people’s lives,” stated Selim Jahan. “In order to advance, we need to examine more closely not just what has been achieved, but also who has been excluded and why.”

The report shows that in almost every country, several groups face disadvantages that often overlap and reinforce each other, increasing vulnerability, widening the progress gap across generations, and making it harder to catch up as the world moves on.

Women and girls, rural dwellers, indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants and refugees, and the LGBTI community are among those systematically excluded by barriers that are not purely economic, but political, social and cultural as well.

In the case of women, the largest of these groups, the report notes that while global gender disparities are narrowing slowly, longstanding patters of exclusion and lack of empowerment for women and girls remain pressing challenges.

Women tend to be poorer, earn less, and have fewer opportunities in most aspects of life than men. In 100 countries, women are legally excluded from some jobs because of their gender, and in 18 countries, women need their husband’s approval to work. Dangerous practices like female genital mutilation and forced marriage continue.

Populations living in rural areas also face multiple barriers. For instance, children from poor rural households attending school are less likely to be learning reading, writing and mathematics.

Moreover, migrants and refugees often face barriers to work, education and political participation and more than 250 million people in the world face discrimination on the basis of their ethnicity, the report notes among other examples.

It is time to face up to deep-rooted barriers to development

“By eliminating deep, persistent, discriminatory social norms and laws, and addressing the unequal access to political participation, which have hindered progress for so many, poverty can be eradicated and a peaceful, just, and sustainable development can be achieved for all,” Helen Clark said.

Marginalized groups often have limited opportunities to influence the institutions and policies that determine their lives. Changing this is central to breaking the vicious circle of exclusion and deprivation.

For example, indigenous peoples account for five percent of the world’s population, but 15 percent of people living in poverty. And members of the LGBTI community cannot actively advocate for their rights when same-sex acts between men are illegal in more than 70 countries.

The report calls for far greater attention to empowering the most marginalized in society, and recognizes the importance of giving them greater voice in decision-making processes.

The report also calls for a more refined analysis to inform actions, including making a shift toward assessing progress in such areas as participation and autonomy. Key data, disaggregated for characteristics such as place, gender, socioeconomic status and ethnicity, is vital to know who is being left behind.

Moreover, the report warns, key development metrics can overstate progress when they focus on the quantity, rather than the quality, of development. For instance, girls’ enrolment in primary education has increased, but in half of 53 developing countries with data, the majority of adult women who completed four to six years of primary school are illiterate.

Human development for everyone is attainable

“Despite progress gaps, universal human development is attainable,” said Selim Jahan. “Over the last decades, we have witnessed achievements in human development that were once thought impossible.”

Since 1990, one billion people have escaped extreme poverty, and women’s empowerment has become a mainstream issue: while as recently as the 1990s, very few countries legally protected women from domestic violence, today, 127 countries do.

The report stresses the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to build on these gains, noting that the agenda and human development approach are mutually reinforcing.

The report includes recommendations to reorient policies to ensure progress reaches those furthest behind, and urges reforms of global markets and global institutions to make them more equitable and representative.

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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:

2015 Campaign Report

2015 was a culminating year for many global processes led by the United Nations. The MDGs came to an end, and so, after three years of consultations and negotiations, the new Agenda 2030 finally became a highly applauded reality by Member States, Civil Society, and people around the world. In particular for United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), 2015 meant the end of an era and mandate and the conversion into a new phase as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Campaign (the Campaign).

On September 25th, 2015, countries ratified the new global Sustainable Development Agenda. The Campaign paid homage to the millions of people who helped build the agenda by sharing their stories during the United Nations General Assembly at the We the Peoples Hub.

In October 2015, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon mandated the new Campaign to serve as a catalyst to rally stakeholder engagement, and to support a coherent and integrated approach around ensuring the widest possible effort to take action, encouraging active participation in the SDG implementation process, and offering a wide-angle lens reflecting citizen sentiment and feedback on the progress towards achieving the goals from their perspectives.

See the 2015 report