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

Volunteers and MY World

Engage people and promote volunteerism using MY World! myworld.banner.300x250.branded

MY 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 fed the debate around the definition of the post-2015 development agenda. 

UN Volunteers and 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. Such gigantic effort contributed to collect over 8 million votes, raising awareness and extensively involving for the first time people from all walks of life in discussions on development issues. Read stories in the MYWorld blog

Learn how you can engage people and promote volunteerism using MY World - use the Toolkit (English, Spanish) and the Guidance note (English, French, Spanish)

UN Volunteers have been focusing 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 MYWorld blog and the picture story about UN Volunteers supporting the MY World Global Week of Action (May 2014).

peoplesvoiceschallenge-bannerTake action and prepare for the implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Building on the experience of MY World and the wider post-2015 dialogues, the Peoples' voices challenge  aims to engage people in a more active way towards the 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 peoples' voices to decision-makers and the general public.

Read about the winners of the Peoples' voices Awards  |  Read about the winners for the volunteerism category

UNV supports the Peoples' 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.