MYWorld Launched to Gather Citizen Views on Post-2015 Priorities

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The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) will change to Sustainable Development Goals after 2015. The UN seeks input on what these goals and priorities ought be, for the world.

December 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Millennium Campaign, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the World Wide Web Foundation have launched the MYWorld website, a global options survey that aims to capture priorities for the post-2015 development agenda.

Survey results will be submitted to the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP) before its upcoming meetings in Liberia, Indonesia and the US. MYWorld will continue to gather responses until 2015, and share the results with the UN Secretary-General and other leaders involved in establishing the post-2015 development agenda.

MYWorld asks users to choose six priority issues that are most important for them and their family. Users select from a list of 16 issues: action on climate change; a good education; phone and internet access; affordable and nutritious food; an honest and responsive government; better transport and roads; better job opportunities; protection against crime and violence; access to clean water and sanitation; equality between men and women; political freedoms; reliable energy at home; protecting forests, rivers and oceans; support for people who cannot work; freedom from discrimination and persecution; and better healthcare. Users can also propose their own priority.

The website is available in all six UN languages. In January 2013, the survey will be available on mobile technologies. The survey is also expected to be available in paper form, with the aim of including the views of poor communities and those who are illiterate or digitally disconnected. [MYWorld Website]

About My World

MY World is a global survey for citizens led by the United Nations and partners. It aims to capture people’s voices, priorities and views, so that global leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the new development agenda for the world.

Through creative online and offline methods, MY World asks individuals which six of sixteen possible issues they think would make the most difference to their lives. The sixteen issues have been built up from the priorities expressed by poor people in existing research and polling exercises and they cover the existing Millennium Development Goals, plus issues of sustainability, security, governance and transparency.

From now until 2015, we want as many people in as many countries as possible to be involved with MY World: citizens of all ages, genders and backgrounds, and particularly the world’s poor and marginalized communities.

Results will firstly be submitted to the Secretary General´s High Level Panel for Post-2015 before their meetings in Monrovia, Bali and New York and will feed into their final report and recommendations for a new development framework in May 2013.

Afterwhich, MY World will continue gathering people´s voices up to 2015 and results will be shared with the Secretary General and global leaders as they prepare the next development agenda in the run up to 2015.

Sustainable Development Considerations

An integrated framework for realizing the “future we want for all” in the post-2015 UN development agenda

Source: Institute for Sustainable Development

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