Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in addressing development challenges

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.

Throughout the week, side events will accompany the key meeting of Member States. Find out here more about the high level segment of intergovernmental meetings and other events.

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.