20 years of the United Nations in Germany

For more than 20 years, the United Nations has a permanent place in Germany. Through the exhibition “The United Nations in Germany: Commitment to Agenda 2030” the Federal Foreign Office welcomes the public to explore and find out about their commitment on sustainability, climate protection and refugee and migration issues. The exhibition can be visited at the Federal Foreign Office premises in Berlin until 10th May 2017.

“We take the still steadily growing presence of the world organization in the former federal capital Bonn and at six other German locations as an occasion to honor the diverse activities of the United Nations.” Dr. Cyrill Nunn from the Federal Foreign Office welcomed the audience and stressed Germany´s commitment to the United Nations and to the Agenda 2030.

Dr. Cyrill Nunn, Federal Foreign Office, Germany welcomes the exhibition participants  Copyright: Inga Kjer/photothek.net 

UN Bonn comprises of 19 organizations and serves to help governments and people find answers and ways for humanity to achieve a sustainable future on this planet. The UN SDG Action Campaign, one of the newest members of the United Nations in Bonn, opened the exhibition.

Xavier Longan, SDG Action Campaign Europe Focal Point, expressed, “Beyond government, we need different stakeholders to be actively involved as well as youth, civil society, cities and business.  Together we can achieve the SDGs by 2030! To collaborate, we need to communicate and build understanding of other perspectives, experiences and needs as a basis for working together towards shared goals.” 

Xavier Longan, Europe Focal Point of the SDG Action Campaign, welcomes the attendees and emphasizes the importance of cooperation among governments, private sector and citizens to make sure we make the SDGs a reality by 2030. Copyright: Inga Kjer/photothek.net  

By using interactive elements, participants can understand what the agenda means for people around the world and which topics are most important to them. Participants also had the opportunity to take a seat at the “SDGs corner”, take pictures with those SDGs closest to their friends and family and make real commitments to take action by sending a postcard to their “Future Selfs”.

Attendees experience United Nations Virtual Reality (unvr.org). UNVR shows the human story behind development challenges, allowing people with the power to make a difference have a deeper understanding of their world. Copyright: Inga Kjer/photothek.net
A participant at the exhibition sends a postcard to his #FutureSelf committing to take action for the SDGs. Copyright: Inga Kjer/photothek.net
At the SDG corner participants play, interact and take photos with the SDGs closest to their friends and families. Copyright: Inga Kjer/photothek.net

The Exhibition will be open until May 10th 2017 and is free for the public.
To know more about the UN in Bonn go to www.unbonn.org
or here to know more about the exhibition. 

MY World and the Millennium Development Goals in Castilla and León, Spain

SonoramaMY World and the Millennium Development Goals were presented at Sonorama, an alternative music festival in Aranda de Duero, Burgos, Spain from the 13 through 16 of August, 2014. There were 114 bands performing on 11 stages. The town welcomed over 45,000 visitors during these days.

“Sonorama is not only a music festival; it is a big gathering for friends from all over. We know that the people of Castilla and León embrace the aspect of solidarity in Sonorama,” said Matilde Aparicio of the Cooperation and Development Service of the Council of Castilla and León.

SonoramaAround town, there were two public voting events with the MY World podium. At the festival, there was an exhibit featuring the Millennium Development Goals and MY World. Also, a video encouraging people to vote on MY World was projected on giant screens on the concert stage.

“I believe MY World is an initiative in which everyone can participate and add their ideas, and have a moment to express their thoughts to the world. We need to ensure that more people know about the campaign in order to achieve and succeed,” said volunteer Laura Lopez.

Sonorama“To be able to advance, it is important to know where we have to go. The MY World campaign allows us to decide our goals, and together unite forces to achieve the world we want,” said Rocío Sastre of the Service of Cooperation and Development of the Council of Castilla and León.

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أي تونس نريد؟ / The Tunisia We Want

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Post by Youssef Cherif  and Aida Robbana, UNITED NATIONS Tunisia

طرحنا هذا السؤال على مئات المواطنين، فوجدناهم مستعدين للإجابة، بل ويقترحون حلولاً. طبعاً تونس ليست كباقي البلدان، فمنها إنطلق الربيع العربي وإثر انتفاضتها تغيرت نظرة حكومات العالم لشعوبها. لكن تحمس الذين قابلناهم للمشاركة، وأملهم في المستقبل، كانت حقيقةً فوق المتوقع.

خذ مثلاً اختيارنا للولايات التي ستشملها استشارتنا. فقد وضعنا، لضيق الوقت، خمسة ولايات للأشهر الثلاث التي ستدوم فيها الإستشارة الوطنية. غير أن الطلبات تعددت في الأثناء وها نحن اليوم نظيف ولايتين إلى المجموع، ولسنا سوى في شهرنا الأول.

كما أن مبادرة الدولة التونسية بتبني “العالم الذي نريد” وتحويله إلى منتوج وطني، “تونس التي نريد”، كانت دفعاً إيجابياً في تحديد مسارنا وحاسمةً في انتشارنا على نطاق أوسع. فقد أخذت كتابة الدولة للتنمية والتعاون الدولي، وزارة الإشراف، إستقصاء “ماي وورلد” وإستمدو منه نسخةً تستجيب إلى الخصوصيات التونسية، وزعت على اداراتهم الفرعية التي وفرتها بدورها لمنظمات المجتمع المدني.

وزار فريقنا حتى الآن ثلاث جهات، ألا وهي بنزرت في اقصى شمال تونس، وصفاقس ومدنين في الجنوب. وكانت اللقاءات تشاركية فيها ممثلو المجتمع المدني والمسؤولون الرسميون.

وقد ظهرت نقاط كبرى ركز عليها أغلب من استشرناهم.

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فالحوكمة الرشيدة، كما ردد عدد من التونسيين، هي ركيزة تقدم كل المجالات الأخرى. كيف نقاوم الفساد عندما تحمي الدولة الرشوة؟ هل يمكن الحديث عن حقوق في بلد لا يقوم مسؤولوه بواجباتهم؟ نجد هنا صدًى لأحد أهم شعارات الثورة التونسية، التي قامت ضد العادات السيئة لتسيير الدولة. وثار بعض المتحدثين ضد البيروقراطية المعطلة للتنمية، خصوصاً فيما يتعلق بالمواطنين بالخارج عندما ينوون الإستثمار في تونس. وطالب بعضهم بضرورة وقف مظاهر التهريب الذي يضر بالتنمية، وبمكافحة الهجرة -سواءً غير الشرعية أو الداخلية- التي تعصف بالشباب، روح التنمية المحلية. وربما كان هدف الدعوة لتشريك المجتمع المدني في كل قرارات السلطة ومشاوراتها، من قبل عدد من المشاركين، تعبيراً عن شعور بالمسؤولية المواطنية في تقويم سياسة الدولة.

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The World Youth Want on International Youth Day

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On 12 August, 2014 – youth around the world celebrated International Youth Day. The World Federation of United Nations Associations & their Youth Network made this wonderful video in honor of the event:

To mark this day, The World We Want 2015 published a new Youth Report [download here], which analyzes various visualizations hosted on the platform. Thus far, 2.2 million youth have voted in MY World. Their top priorities are:

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Youth issues are similarly highlighted in the World We Want 2015 Visualizations, with top mentions: Women, Development, Education, Employment, Children, Population, Health, Social.

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What is the world you want?

Visualising people’s voices: Data by People for People

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New York On May 16th 2014, the World We Want 2015 (WWW2015) Policy Strategy Group hosted an event to launch the new Trends and Outcomes Page of the worldwewant2015.org called “Visualizing People’s Voices: Data By People For People” at the United Nations Trusteeship Council. The World We Want 2015 enables people to engage, visualise and analyse people’s voices on sustainable development.

Ms. Corinne Woods, Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign moderated the event. Speakers included  Mr. Nicolas Charles Pron, the Special Advisor to the President of the General Assembly; Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Youth; Ms. Rosa Lizarde, Co-chair WWW 2015 Policy Strategy Group; and Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015. In her role as the keynote listener, Professor Alexis Gelber recognized the significance of people-centered data evolution.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Pron said the event gave “member states and stakeholders yet another chance to learn about the World We Want [2015]. The PGA held an interactive briefing with civil society and told the audience ‘they had an equal voice and you will be heard.’” The World We Want 2015 is created by the United Nations and civil society to amplify peoples’ voices in the process of building a more representative global agenda for sustainable development.

Mr. Alhendawi reflected on the urgency to address issues such as climate change and spoke about the role of youth in becoming true global citizens. He articulated, “development is about people and the planet, we must make sure present and future generations reach their true potential.” Ms. Mohammed also stressed the important role of youth, highlighting “the heavy lifting of this agenda is for youth, because those age 15 will be age 30 in 2030.”

Led by the Policy Strategy Group for WWW2015,  formed by various civil society organizations and UN institutions, and coordinated by the United Nations Millennium Campaign, the platform feeds into the post-2015 discussion by enhancing civil society’s participation, ensuring that peoples’ voices are taken into account when drafting the new development agenda. The newly developed online platform features trends and outcomes from national and thematic consultations through an ongoing dialogue with civil society, academia and private global citizens. Rosa Lizarde, Global Director of Feminist Task Force, serving as Policy Strategy Group WWW 2015 Co-chair, represented civil society and the Policy Strategy Group, “which aims to bridge the digital divide through the launch of data visualisation.”

The launch ushers in a new phase for the World We Want 2015 from a consultation focused web platform to data curation, analytics and visualization. Ms. Gelber noted, “Data visualization is the new kind of storytelling.”

In Ms. Wood’s concluding remarks she emphasized the importance of face-to-face interaction for My World engagement; the World We Want 2015 platform is a place for local solutions to be shared and learnt from, a space for open-knowledge, open-data, and cooperation. Thanks to data-mining and visualization technology, and through quantitative and qualitative analysis, this space is meant to create a virtuous cycle for Sustainable Development.

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For more information on the World We Want 2015 Trends please visit: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/www2015_trends_outcomes

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Co-Chairs of Policy and Strategy Group: Ravi Karkara (UN-Millennium Campaign) & Rosa Lizarde (Feminist Task Force) Website

INJUVE DF Joins the UN MY World Survey

 Corinne Woods and María Fernanda Olvera Cabrera sign agreementThe Youth Institute of the City of Mexico (Instituto de la Juventud del Distrito Federal – INJUVE DF) expects to collect the information of 1 million citizens from the City of Mexico for the MY World Survey.

Three thousand young people will carry out the field work throughout Mexico City and a unique partner ID (INJUVEDF) will collect online votes and aggregate online and offline results.

The Government of the City of Mexico announced yesterday, 26 May in the City of Mexico that, through INJUVE DF, it will participate in the MY World international survey following an agreement that was solidified 22 of May in New York between the General Director of INJUVE, Lic. María Fernanda Olvera Cabrera, and the Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign, Corinne Woods, both of whom signed the letter of intent.

 Following this agreement, the City of Mexico has become the first locality to participate in the survey with a strategy of this magnitude. Through the participation of INJUVE DF, MY World will be able to learn about the post-2015 development agenda priorities of one million people from the City of Mexico. Most importantly these results will be incorporated and ready to be presented to world leaders by September 2014 to inform them about the priorities of people ahead of the development of the post-2015 agenda. To date the MY World survey has collected over 2.1 million votes from all over the world.

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INJUVE DF joined this international consultation following the impact generated in the “Youth Trends Consultation 2013,” which collected the opinions of 304,000 youth – an historical figure in this type of exercise. In this new survey, INJUVE DF will take to the streets with three thousand youth representatives. These will canvass public plazas and schools, and visit house by house to spread out and ask people all over the City of Mexico: “What are the priorities which are most important for you and your family?”

The survey will take place from June to August 2014. Besides the field work, the people of Mexico City will be able to choose their 16 priorities on a unique link: http://vote.myworld2015.org/?partner=injuvedf. Thanks to this link and unique partner ID, it will be possible to see the particular priorities of the people of the City of Mexico in the post-2015 agenda. The results will be part of the MY World Global Survey of the United Nations for a better world. You can follow these results here: http://data.myworld2015.org/?partner=injuvedf.

In this respect, INJUVE DF will be adding to the actions of cooperation and partnership between the City of Mexico and the United Nations. The Institute hopes that this represents the first of what will hopefully be many agreements made with the United Nations in favor of the future of young people in the City of Mexico.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General on importance of “An honest and responsive government”

In his closing remarks to the General Assembly during the Thematic Debate on “Ensuring stable and peaceful societies,” Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson highlighted the essential link between the rule of law and an inclusive political processes as the binding elements in peace, development and human rights. 

Commitments to rule of law are important to reaching developmental goals, as was discussed and agreed upon in the Rio +20 Report of the UN on Sustainable Development in June 2012, and the General Assembly’s High Level Meeting on the Rule of Law in September 2012.

To futher support this issue, the Deputy Secretary-General noted the high priority of “An honest and responsive government” in the MY World Survey:

world survey, organized by the United Nations in support of the discussions on the post-2015 development agenda, shows that “honest and responsive government” – and I quote, “honest and responsive government” – is a very high priority for all population groups in all regions.

Inclusive political processes help to ensure the accountability of the State. Being included in political processes empowers people to address inequality, exclusion and other causes of conflict. That is why it is essential that we promote broad-based participation in all levels of the political process, particularly in post-conflict societies.

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“An honest and responsive government” has risen to the third priority globally among the 1,855, 839 MY World voters from its previous position as the fourth priority. This was thanks in part to the 1.1 million voices of people aged 16-30. Among this age group, 561,575 people voted for “An honest and responsive goverment.”

This priority is second for voters 31-45, and third for all other age groups with the exception of those 15 and under, who rank it sixth.

Regionally, this priority is second for those in Europe, third for those in the Americas and Asia, and fourth in Africa. It ranks lowest in Oceania behind environmental issues such as “Protecting forests, rivers and oceans,” “Access to clean water and sanitation” and “Affordable and nutritious food.”

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UN Secretary-General: Protection against crime and violence ranks high in MY World Survey

The General Assembly Thematic Debate on Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies took place 24-25 of April at the United Nations in New York. In his opening remarks, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon noted that the UN is built upon three pillars: “peace, development and human rights.” He followed by highlighting that the post-2015 development agenda must consider how to promote stable and peaceful societies, as these three pillars are inherently linked. 

To highlight this importance further, the Secretary General referenced the MY World Survey as the voice of people around the world asking for this issue to be addressed:

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The UN My World survey on the post-2015 development agenda showed that protection against crime and violence ranks high among all population groups in all regions. Let us therefore work together to develop a post-2015 development agenda that will address the underlying causes of violence and conflict wherever they occur. Let us use sustainable development and human rights to provide the foundations for lasting peace. And let us build effective and trustworthy institutions, promote the rule of law and pay closer, earlier attention to human rights abuses.

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“Protection against crime and violence” ranks sixth in the MY World Survey amongst the 1,855,839 voters globally thus far.  These results are the same irrespective of age, gender, or education level, as it is either the sixth or seventh priority for all groups.

Voters in the Americas placed slightly higher priority on this issue, ranking it fourth. Those in Europe ranked it fifth, and those in Africa, Asia and Oceania it seventh.

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World Malaria Day 2014

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Today is World Malaria Day– Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, according to the World Health Organization. But there is still much more to be done. Malaria still kills an estimated 627,000 people every year, mostly children under 5 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. Every year, more than 200 million cases occur; most of these cases are never tested or registered. Emerging drug and insecticide resistance threaten to reverse recent gains. If the world is to maintain and accelerate progress against malaria, in line with Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6, and to ensure attainment of MDGs 4 and 5, more funds are urgently required.

Better healthcare, including efforts made to reduce the impact of infectious and other chronic diseases  such as malaria, is one of the possible priorities of MY World. If this is important to you, have your say and help formulate the post-2015 global development agenda.