AIESEC US launches partnership with 25000 vote commitment

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Charlotte, NC (August 7 2014)

AIESEC is the world’s largest student led organization, with the determination to achieve peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential.  AIESEC has representation in 124 countries. AIESEC United States works for the purpose of providing a platform to students through leadership opportunities, international internships, and provides a global learning environment. It is a space that allows young entrepreneurs to interact and engage with business leaders to open the discussion on the issues today’s youth face on a regional, national, and global scale.

On the 7 August, 2014,  the national chapter of AIESEC United States hosted the Youth to Business Forum: Inspire (#Y2BInspire). The theme for the Youth to Business Forum was Youth Empowerment in Local Communities, igniting conversation about how students can not only impact the world, but have a similar impact in their own backyards.

AIESEC US members were introduced to the AIESEC – MY World 2015 partnership and their aim to help boost youth engagement in MY World 2015 and World We Want 2015, further empowering youth voices in their communities. Presently in 33 universities around the country, AIESEC US aims to involve each of these local chapters. From Washington, to Missouri, to New York, and down to Georgia, the goal is not just to collect the voices of the students at these universities, but also to do outreach in the communities that surround their campuses and get the best representation of youth in the United States.

Together, AIESEC US has pledged to collect nearly 25,000 votes in the upcoming semester, encapsulating the American voice for MY World 2015 and The World We Want 2015.

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To learn more, visit us at http://aiesecus.org/ or contact Martha Correa-Jamison, AIESEC US, marthac@aiesecus.org

Citizens United to Promote Peace & Democracy in Liberia

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Blog by: Prince Kreplah National Executive Director of CUPPADL (www.cuppadl.ushahidi.com), +231886533015

Tuesday May 13, 2014: MY World’s Global Week of Action took place from from Monday, May 5th till Sunday May 11th, 2014. During this week, the United Nations teamed up with youth groups, the private sector, and NGO partners all over the world to launch MY World to gather 500,000 peoples’ opinions about the world they want after 2015. The MY World survey asks citizens everywhere about the issues that make the most difference to their lives.

In Liberia, the Citizens United to Promote Peace & Democracy (CUPPADL) led the initiative to collect votes in six poverty stricken communities in Monterrado County, Liberia. These communities included West Point, Clara Town, New Kru Town, Slipway, Doe Community etc. During the peak collection of votes from these communities, we mobilized the participation of over 400 citizens. The population voted for the six issues they believe needed to be prioritize in national and global development agendas in order to improve their lives and make Liberia a better place to live in.

We chose chose the communities previously mentioned because they have large populations with extreme poverty and poor access to social services despite the fact that they are so close to an urbanized capital. There are 40,000 inhabitants in the smallest community and 80,000 in the largest community.

The top priorities for the 400 voters were: “Better jobs opportunities”, “A good education”, “Better health care”, “Access to clean water and sanitation”, “Political freedoms”, “Better transport and roads”, “An honest and responsive government”, “Access to family planning” and “Reliable energy at home”. I believe the findings of the survey are not only relevant to global post-2015 development agenda, but are also relevant for Liberia in their national development planning.

The data will be useful to global leaders and will aid national development planning by painting an accurate global picture of the top six issues that impact peoples’ lives the most. The MY World survey is an unique opportunity to influence the global development agenda and CUPPADL is glad that Liberians have been heard through their votes.

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Reaching Out to Youth in the Poorest Regions of India

By Ms. Natasha Kanvinde, MY World 2015 Youth Ambassador. Ms. Kanvinde has collected over 3,000 votes in the past month and she continues to reach out to youth in the poorest regions in India.

The annoying ringing of my alarm clock woke me up at 5am on a Friday morning. My unaccustomed system groaned in protest, but I heaved myself out of bed. I almost had second thoughts about going on the trip, but then I remembered I wasn’t working for myself, but for the greater good. Little did I know, that today was going to be one of the best days of my life.

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Vice President of Dominican Republic launches MY World with 50,000 vote commitment

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SANTO DOMINGO 11 June 2014

The Vice President of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández has launched an initiative to collect 50,000 votes for MY World. She called upon her citizens to join her in voting in what she considers is a transformative human development initiative for the country and the world.

“Today I want to make the promise with the UN Dominican Republic that we will collect 50,000 votes at a national level. In order to do so, we are putting are making all of the computers in all of the Techonological Community Centers available to the UN, so that people can vote” she added. There will be 94 Techonological Community Center and 4 Centers for Community Solidarity (Prosoli) available for the general public to vote so that they can establish the country’s priorities in the elaboration of the United Nations Development Group’s Post-2015 Agenda.

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The Vice President considered that the agenda should have as a goal a more equitable world, where prosperity is shared and we leave behind human catastrophies that violate the fundamental rights of millions of people in the whole planet.

She also manifested that poverty, hunger, malnutrition, infant and maternal mortality, environmental destrucion and the systematic violation of women’s rights are realities that weigh heavily over the Post-2015 agenda.

She indicated that the new challenges are digital gaps, the productive use of technology, food security, access to clean water, the development of ethical science, and the strengthening of world peace amongst other themes, which should weigh over this new agenda.

Translated from the original UNDP Dominican Republic Press Release (Spanish). Photos by MICHELLE RIVAS – PNUD R.D.

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Nepal Doubles Amount of Votes in One Week, Reaching almost 30,000

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During the MY World Global Week of Action (May 5-11, 2014) the adolescent and youth organization Yuwalaya coordinated with the UN Resident Coordinator Office of Nepal and various other youth organizations and schools to raise awareness and votes in Nepal. Through their joint efforts, they were able to collect more than 15,000 votes – doubling the amount from the previous year.

Yuwalaya coordinated with more than 50 youths from various colleges and youth clubs of Kathmandu to do the survey. The volunteers were honored by the United Nations Nepal Resident Coordinator’s Office at the UN House in Lalitpur on Tuesday, 17 June for their contribution to the survey.

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Pakistani Youth Commit One Million Votes During Visit from UNSG’s Envoy on Youth

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – Islamabad

Over 300 young Pakistani youth representatives from all over Pakistan gathered on Tuesday at a youth forum to meet and launch the My World Survey with the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth,  Ahmad Alhendawi.

Young boys and girls from different social backgrounds interacted with the Youth Envoy and shared their views and perspectives about their challenges and aims with regards to access to education, skill development, employment, sexual and reproductive health and to their participation in policy making and peace building in the country.

Chairman of Youth Revolution Clan, Rizwan Anwar noted that “Pakistan’s biggest asset is its youth; we are becoming a youth partner in the development agenda and we are committing to raise more than one million votes for the MY World Survey with as many people as possible: citizens of all ages, genders and backgrounds, and particularly the world’s poor and marginalized communities.” He continued “with more than 2000 youth ambassadors, Youth Revolution Clan will be working with civil societies, youth organizations, universities, colleges and government sectors to mark the difference.” He specially thanked Mr. Ravi Karkara, UN Global Advisor on youth & children for his continuous guidance, support and motivation to launch the campaign in Pakistan that has been in planning for the last nine months.

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Youth Aiming to Reach 1 Million Young People in Pune, India

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This is a letter written by Aakash Shah, Founder and President of Action for Pune Development, and Global Youth Advocate for MY World 2015 and World We Want 2015. He is striving to collect a million votes in Pune, India.

It is an honor to work as a Global Youth Advocate for My World 2015, and the ‘World We Want’ platform. As a Global Youth Advocate, I focus on involving people from different areas of society, as well as other initiatives to help mobilise and strengthen the campaign. I have collaborated with Radio Channels, Technical Book Publishers, over 50 schools, hospitals, Private Sectors, NGO’s etc. to promote the campaign and to collect votes.

There are over 50 MY World 2015 Youth Ambassadors around the world who help promote awareness about the importance of this campaign. In order to better explain each priority in the ‘MY WORLD 2015’ survey, we are organising various events in public areas that have to do with specific priorities in order to maximize the interest and understanding of each priority. For example, we organised a book donation camp to help people further understand the priority of ‘a good education’. We had various people donate books which we then gave to the needy & under-privileged. Similarly, we organised a Tree Plantation Drive on World Environment Day to support the priority of ‘Protecting Forest, Rivers and Ocean’.

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Join our Webinar: Global Week of Action Toolkit

MY WORLD Global Week of Action

Over 1.7 million people around the world have already had their say at the United Nations. Now, in the Global Week of Action (May 5-11, 2014), we’re aiming for an additional 500,000 votes.

Together we can make it happen! 

WEBINAR: Join next week’s webinar on Tuesday, 22nd of April 2014, 9:00 – 10:00AM EDT to learn more about the strategy and the exciting new MY World toolkit.  Register [here]

If you can’t make the webinar, see a previous recording [here]

WHAT IS THE GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION?

  • May 5-11: Take community action and mobilize networks OFFLINE to ensure everyone has the opportunity to vote 
  • May 8: The global vote day to mobilize networks ONLINE by joining and sharing the digital campaign
  • May 11: Celebrate and share results achieved!

FOR FURTHER INFO
frances.simpsonallen@undp.org 
sebastian.bachmann@undp.org 

More than 8000 Ukrainians took part in the MY World survey

The photo captures journalists making their votes in the MyWorld2015 survey at the press event in the UN House.
The photo captures journalists making their votes in the MyWorld2015 survey at the press event in the UN House.

Since the MY World survey was launched the UN team in Ukraine has undertaken various communication and advocacy activities in order to draw attention of Ukrainians to the importance of making their contribution into the process of defining the future development path of the planet.

Communication component was seen by the UN team in Ukraine as a critical integral part of the whole Post-2015 consultation process aimed at ensuring maximum public engagement into the process and raising awareness about the process, and also promotion of the opportunity for the general public to widely participate in the MY World survey.

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UN, Procter and Gamble hold MY World corporate launch event

UN officials and P&G executives pose for a picture after the MY World launch event in Bangkok.
UN officials and P&G executives pose for a picture after the MY World launch event in Bangkok.

BANGKOK, THAILAND– At Procter and Gamble’s big manufacturing plant in Bangkok, the United Nations in Thailand and P&G officially kicked off their MY World partnership in Thailand—engaging plant employees and inspiring their families and loved ones to take part in the UN global survey.

More than 80 P&G employees were in attendance at the Thursday, March 21 event, along with P&G executives and representatives from United Nations agencies.

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