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We The Peoples Hub

A temporary structure on the grounds of the UN secretariat to host a multi-media exhibition and area for consultation of citizen voices related to post-2015 agenda. Press, delegates, civil society and special guests can engage with each other, learn and showcase content showcasing citizen engagement in decision making processes. The space will also be a networking area for the launch of new partnerships and collaborations for the achievement of the new global development agenda.

RECOGNIZING GREAT PERFORMERS

More than 8 million people from 194 countries have participated in the Global Conversation to define the new global development agenda. This was the result of the hard work of thousands of volunteers and partners across the globe. The Campaign has established a replicable award program to incentivize and recognize good people doing great work.

DATA PLAYGROUND

The Data Playground is an interactive display of citizen data presented in a fun and creative way. Using large touch screens, viewers can touch and play with the data and through a partnership with the Humans project can see the stories of the people behind the data.

GLOBAL YOUTH EMPOWERMENT FUND

JUNIOR CHAMBER INTERNATIONAL (JCI)

The Global Youth Empowerment Fund is a new initiative to empower young people, ages 18 to 40, around the globe to impact their communities by investing in grassroots community projects. A partnership of JCI and the UN Millennium Campaign, starting from 2016 the Fund will offer grants and training to youth-led grassroots projects that advance global development goals in local communities around the world using the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals with a major focus on strengthening the mechanisms for youth’s civic engagement in decision and policymaking, implementation and monitoring accountability in the post-2015 development agenda.in South Africa.

THE GOALS OF THE FUND ARE:

  1. To mobilize young people to advance the post-2015 development agenda through targeted community projects, which create awareness and ownership of the agenda amongst all citizens.
  2. To engage all sectors of society in the sustainable development agenda through support of youth-led, community-based development.
  3. To demonstrate - through the partnership between JCI and UNMC - the power of young people to create sustainable change on a global scale through storytelling and project sharing.

GOVERNMENT OF JALISCO, MEXICO

A multi-stakeholder group of partners coordinated by the UN Millennium Campaign and Corporativa de Fundaciones conducted a targeted MY World Campaign in Jalisco, Mexico. Consisting of UN, civil society, local government, private sector, media, youth organizations, and over 400 youth volunteers, the group collected almost 400,000 votes, mostly through offline volunteer canvassing over six months. The results of the survey did not only contribute to the new sustainable development agenda at the UN, but the Jalisco Undersecretary of Planning has already committed to incorporating these results into the State Development Plan in 2015, and to participating in other UN citizen engagement exercises to monitor the new Global Goals. This initiative has also inspired other localized initiatives across Mexico.

YOUTHINK CENTER

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

Since 2014, Youthink Center has been very successful in gathering support from a wide range of partners and stakeholders to ensure buy-in for UNMC initiatives in the People's Republic of China at all levels. Youthink, led by President Mr. Zekai Wang, has engaged over 3,200 youth volunteers and have collected over 300,000 votes for MY World in China over the past year. Founded in 2009, Youthink Center is a youth-led, non-profit organization with the mission to encourage youths’ engagement in sustainable development, equipping young people in China with global vision and promoting cross-generational dialogues.

Offline, Youthink successfully engaged over 3,000 factory workers in Shanxi province at the grass root level to take the MY World survey via paper ballot. While online, Youthink creatively engaged the support of a major Chinese internet company, NetEase (WangYi), creating an interactive mobile app to feature the MY World survey in mandarin, with local Chinese celebrities advocating on MY World's behalf. All this was done through innovative online and offline engagement with a firm understanding of China's local political and social landscape, and as a result Youthink was able to build relationships with strong media partners, the private sector, and young people in China.

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