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

Volunteers for MY World

myworld.banner.300x250.brandedMY World is a global survey for citizens led by the United Nations and partners which aims to capture people's voices, priorities and views until the end of 2015.  Its results feed the debate around the definition of the post-2015 development agenda. 

UNV Field Units and dedicated post-2015 UN Volunteers, together with local volunteers from across the globe, have been supporting the rollout of MY World as a way to involve people and promote volunteerism. They engaged with people from different age, gender and economic groups, especially offline, giving them the opportunity to express their views and promoting civic participation.

Engage people and promote volunteerism using MY World! Read the Toolkit and the Guidance note (English, French, Spanish) to learn how

UN Volunteers have been focusing particularly on youth, bringing the survey in schools and universities, and raising awareness about the opportunity to contribute to the development and the implementation of the post-2015 agenda. Read stories from UN Volunteers in the MY World 2015 blog and the picture story about UN Volunteers supporting the MY World Global Week of Action (May 2014).
 

Take action and compete in the People's voices challenge - a new initiative in the Global Conversation on the post-2015 agenda

peoplesvoiceschallenge-bannerBuilding on the experience of MY World and the wider post-2015 dialogues, this initiative aims to engage people in a more active way towards the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In particular, it calls for using the peoples' voices collected so far through the Global Conversation to remind world leaders and policy-makers what's at stake, and for taking action in preparation for the implementation of the SDGs.

Therefore take action!  Think about ways to communicate the new SDGs and foster citizen engagement, including volunteer action, in planning, implementing and monitoring the goals. You can use the data from the Global Conversation to present people's voices to decision-makers and the general public.

Join the competition for the people's voices award in the dedicated category for volunteerism, or on best communications and outreach efforts regarding the MDGs and the Global Conversation. 

UNV supports the People's voices challenge as a strategic partner of the UN Millennium Campaign.

 

Photo gallery: UN Volunteers and partners engaging people through the offline rollout of MY World

MY World provides a useful hook to engage people and promote volunteerism. Volunteers across the globe reached out to digitally-disconnected people, remote communities, impaired people as well as youth and women. They listened to their opinions and invited them to take action through volunteering.