“I want this to be the most inclusive global development process, the world has ever known” Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
In 2000, more leaders than ever before gathered at the United Nations and agreed to 8 goals – among them, to cut global poverty and hunger by half, fight climate change and disease, tackle unsafe water and sanitation, expand education and open doors of opportunity for girls and women. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were born. Despite many who believed that these lofty promises would be abandoned as many before, the Millennium Development Goals have proven to be the most successful global anti-poverty push in history, truly changing the lives of millions of people across the world.
Even if the MDGs are fully achieved, much unfinished business will remain. Poverty rates have been halved globally, meeting the MDG target – but what about the other half? The United Nations today offers people from all parts of the world and all sections of society the opportunity, as never before, to influence the new development framework from the earliest stages of the process.
The first way is through the MY World global survey. It started in February 2013 led by the United Nations and over 700 partners across the world. It invites people to vote for the issues which will make the most difference to their lives and those of their family. Their votes are being shared with global leaders so they can be informed as they begin the process of defining the new development agenda for the world. Over 2 million people in 194 countries have already had their say. From now until 2015, MY World will aim to reach as many people as possible, especially the world’s poorest and most marginalized communities, so that everyone’s voice can be heard.
Have your say today – it takes just 10 seconds, is free and will change the world for the better. Why wouldn’t you? Vote here.