UNV Jordan puts an “Eye on the Future”

Children and youth represent the future everywhere in this world –a truth more relevant now than ever, as half of the world’s population is under 25. Jordan is no exception in this respect. The Kingdom is a very young society, and the challenges that especially young Jordanians face in terms of unemployment and civic participation are steep.  However, also in Jordan young people realize they can bring positive change to their communities and to their country. A handful of these motivated Jordanians  created an initiative that aims to provide high school students the chance to make a more sustainable and informed decision regarding their studies. “We were not happy and had to chance something. So we had the idea of “Eye on the Future ”, explains Malek Abu Ghanemeh, one of the initiators. “Eye on Future” was established three years ago as an annual event and an open air carnival of experience exchange. The active exchange and the provision of information will eventually decrease the level of frustration amongst students as well as their families and lead to an overall positive effect on the community as well. Since the whole fair focused on the future of youth, it also gathered different organizations and initiatives and programs, such as “Talal Abu Ghazaleh Knowledge Society” or “Bee Academy”, all aiming to inform students for example about effective learning programs.

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Alberto Natta from Italy, Post-2015 – Assistant at the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, collecting votes for the My World Survey at the “Eyes on the Future” Fair at University of Jordan (Rana Jarhum, UNV Programme Officer, July 7th 2013).

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Volunteerism as implementing actor for the new development agenda in Viet Nam

In Viet Nam, the United Nations Volunteers engaged in the translation of all contents of the My World website into Vietnamese and are promoting the survey through UN channels and social media. UNV Viet Nam is also engaging its partners and stakeholders to disseminate the survey.

For example, during the Conference on Volunteerism and the New Development Agenda, held in Ha Noi on July 6, UNV promoted the MY World online roll out among all the participants through volunteer networks, especially through social media in compliance with the efforts of One UN Communication Team. Two other major events are planned for July 20 and 27, which will aim to collect up to 20,000 votes.

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Le monde que les Haïtiens veulent

Clemence Rogers, Programme Officer of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme  in Haiti, receives a text message at 9:30 am “I already have 40 votes from Pilate!”

A few hourslater her phone rings again, UN Volunteers are calling from the North Department: “Here in Limbe, there are a lot of people and they all want to complete the survey form, I will soon be running out of ballots!”

She cannot help but thinking about the capital “How is the mobilization in Port-au-Prince?”

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Making every vote count in India

indiaThe United Nations Volunteers (UNVs) Field Unit in India has mobilized thousands of Indians to vote for the My World Survey. UNV’s partners at the grassroots level are supporting offline surveys in areas where internet or mobile options are not available since March 2013. So far, more than 1350 people including tribal, marginalized and poor people from Belgaum; children and youth from rural areas of Wayanad, Kerala; youth from the slum areas of Guwahati, educators from Mumbai and students from Delhi have participated in the offline survey to give their options they would like the post-2015 agenda to address. Continue reading “Making every vote count in India”