UNV Executive Coordinator presents the MY World Volunteerism Award
New York, USA: On 25 September, United Nations representatives, Goodwill Ambassadors, members of the Secretary-General's High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and representatives of civil society organizations from around the world gathered in New York to publicly announce the winners of the MY World Partner Recognition Awards.
Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, presented the award to the winner of the volunteerism category: the Peace Gong Kashmir Bureau, a children's newspaper run by dedicated volunteers in India. An initiative of the Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation, Peace Gong promotes volunteerism and media literacy education towards a culture of peace and sustainable development by bringing together children and youth from diverse cultures, backgrounds, regions and communities.
Richard emphasized that "[...] volunteerism is instrumental in generating civic engagement. Volunteerism has enabled people and organizations to find a voice".
Peace Gong volunteers have collected several hundred votes for the MY World survey from different regions and communities in India, often travelling extensively to remote areas, and reaching out to many people, including marginalized and poor households, tribal communities, slum areas, and youth.
The Volunteerism Award recognizes the over one million citizens who have voted through the MY World survey, as well as the efforts of MY World partner organizations to foster volunteerism and civic engagement as a core ingredient for the success of the MY World initiative. Over half of all votes have been collected "offline" through paper ballots distributed by volunteers and discussed with respondents in the most remote communities around the world.
World leaders renew commitment to anti-poverty targets, agree to adopt new development Goals at 2015 Summit
On 25 September 2013 world leaders agreed to scale up action against extreme poverty, hunger and disease and called for a 2015 Summit to adopt the next set of Goals to focus continued efforts after the target date for the Millennium Development Goals.
In the outcome document adopted at a Special Event on the MDGs, hosted by the President of the UN General Assembly, countries lauded the remarkable progress made so far towards achieving the eight Goals, which have provided a "common vision" for meeting the needs of the world's poorest.
Member States also expressed concern at the unevenness and gaps in MDG achievement in the face of immense challenges, and agreed to take the purposeful and coordinated action required to accelerate progress.
Speaking at the opening of the event, President of the General Assembly John Ashe said that "we must do everything possible to accelerate action and get the job done by 2015. Urgently implementing the global partnership for development is not only a moral obligation but will also put us at the best possible starting point for agreeing what comes next."
In the document, countries agreed to hold a high-level Summit in September 2015 to adopt a new set of Goals that will balance the three elements of sustainable development – providing economic transformation and opportunity to lift people out of poverty, advancing social justice and protecting the environment.
The post-2015 global process is illustrated in this diagram adapted by UNV after the Summit.
25 September 2013, New York - Special Event to follow up efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals
On 25 September, a Special Event that includes the participation of heads of state and other government officials will discuss efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The event will be broadcast live and on archive video at http://webtv.un.org.
On the same day, the Secretary-General report “A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015 (A/68/202)” will be discussed by the membership of the General Assembly. In paragraph 98, when elaborating on advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015, “volunteer groups” are mentioned as a separate constituency to take into account when implementing the “transformative actions of the post-2015 development agenda”. This explicit mention provides an important lever for interaction with UN Member States as the intergovernmental process approaches the next phase.
The UN Millennium Campaign (UNMC), in cooperation with UNV, will hold a MY World Partner Recognition Event at the Danny Kaye Centre, UNICEF House, on 25 September at 6.00pm. Awards for outstanding My World partners will be given in the following categories: Volunteerism, Innovation, Communications, Outstanding Partner, People’s Choice. Five regional outreach awards will also be given. The winners will receive the award from Goodwill Ambassadors and UN personalities, including Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator, who will personally hand over the “My World Volunteerism Award” to recognize the volunteer efforts of partners in fostering civic engagement as a core ingredient of the success of the MY World initiative. Hundreds of thousands of citizens who have voted through the My World survey will be recognized at the event – and their messages and voices will be passed on to world leaders as they consider the future steps in defining the post-2015 development agenda.
September 2013: post-Rio+20 and post-2015 related high level events
The convening of the 68th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UN GA) on Tuesday 17 September 2013 represents the start of a key period for Member States and stakeholders. This includes a high level segment of intergovernmental meetings and a number of other events ‐ many of which relate directly to a range of post ‐ UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 (Rio+20) and post‐2015 processes.
The convenors of these high level events will have established or be in the process of establishing the specific modalities for the engagement of stakeholders. In some cases this includes gathering of stakeholder inputs prior to the meeting, as well as during the event itself.
Thursday 19 - Friday 20 september 2013 - UN Global Compact Leaders Summit
Held every three years, the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit brings together chief executives, and representatives of civil society, governments and the UN. Chaired by UN Secretary‐General Ban Ki‐moon, this year's meeting will be on the theme "Architects of a Better World" – aiming to link the UN's universal values with a new global architecture for corporate sustainability. The Summit hopes to set the stage for business to shape and advance the post‐2015 development agenda, and forward an architecture for business to contribute to global priorities.
19-29 August - Join The World We Want e-discussion on civic engagement and social cohesion
Starting 19 August 2013, UNV moderates an e-discussion on civic engagement and social cohesion within the World We Want consultation on disadvantaged children and young people living in urban areas, co-facilitated by UNICEF, UN Habitat and the Major Group on Children and Youth.
Join us now for the coming two weeks, which will specifically focus on civic engagement and social cohesion. We invite you to reflect on below guiding questions for the discussion, but please feel free to address any other aspects.
1. What are the key obstacles faced by young people in urban settings with regards to their participation in the life of their community?
2. How can opportunities be increased for young people to engage constructively in their communities?
3. How can the capacities and skills of young people be best leveraged?
4. How can young peoples’ participation contribute to shaping their own livelihoods/and communities?
5. What role can civic engagement play in building inclusive societies?
We would like to hear particularly from young people about challenges they face in today’s urban areas. Any concrete idea in terms of goals, targets and indicators that you would like to see in the post-2015 agenda in this context is also welcome.
19 August 2013 -The second World We Want ‘People’s Voices’ Series - "People With Disabilities and the Post-2015 Agenda"
On Monday, August 19th, the World We Want Platform will host the second interactive session of its People's Voices Series. The theme for this month's event will be people with disabilities and the post-2015 agenda. Representatives of non-governmental organizations, community organizations, social movements, youth-led organizations, UN agencies, Member States, private sector, media and academia are invited to attend.
When: 19 August – 9:30AM – 11:30AM EDT
Where: 10th Floor, 777 United Nations Plaza, UN Church Center, NY
Live Tweeting via @worldwewant2015
Interact with the event live on Twitter via #VOICES2015
18 July 2013 - The first World We Want ‘People’s Voices’ Series - “We are the generation that can end poverty”
On Thursday, July 18th, Nelson Mandela International Day, the World We Want Platform will host the inaugural interactive session of its new People's Voices Series. Representatives of non-governmental organizations, community organizations, social movements, youth-led organizations, UN agencies, Member States, private sector, media and academia are invited to attend.
When: 18 July - 2 – 3:30PM EDT
Where: 10th Floor, 777 United Nations Plaza, UN Church Center, New York
Follow us @worldwewant2015
Join the conversation via #VOICES2015
30 July 2013 - Join the teleconference on Open Working Group and High Level Political Forum processes
UNDESA and UN Millenium Campaign organize a teleconference that aims to provide an overview of the Major Groups/Organising Partners and other stakeholders structure, including an update on the desk review conducted recently by Ms. Barbara Adams, and take stock of the existing and potential entry points for engagement in the Open Working Group and High Level Political Forum processes.
When: Tuesday 30 July, 2pm GMT(10am in New York / 3pm in London / 4pm in Geneva / 9pm in Bangkok. For other cities and time zones click here.)