UN vote on issues that make a difference

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The United Nations has invited citizens to vote on the issues that make the most difference to their lives.

This is one of the largest global surveys ever undertaken, providing real-time and real-world intelligence on what people think are biggest challenges.

The head of the UN system in India, Lise Grande, said that,  ‘’we need people to tell world leaders what they want. India is a global leader and when its people stand up for better healthcare, better education, decent work, pensions, sustainable energy for all, human rights and good governance, the world pays attention.’’

The ‘MY WORLD’ initiative is a way for Indians to shape the global development agenda. It’s an opportunity that’s too important to miss.

UNICEF representative to India Louis Georges Arsenault pointed out that the highlight of this survey is that it has given young people an opportunity to contribute meaningfully in shaping the global agenda.

Minar Pimple, regional director, Asia Pacific, UN Millennium Campaign, described the launch of the mobile survey as an important step towards making the process more participatory. Pimple said said that, ‘’given the deep penetration of the mobile phone in this country, we are hopeful that millions of people will cast their vote.’’

The initiative is supported by over 400 partner organisations globally and has received strategic support from Department for International Development (DFID). In India, the mobile platform is a partnership between the Web Foundation, technology provider Kirusa, service provider Loop Mobile, hosted by the civil society partner ‘Wada Na Todo Abhiyan.’

Through the initiative, people cast their ballots in favour of the six most preferred developments that would significantly alter their future.

Results from the ‘MY WORLD’ survey will be shared with the UN Secretary General, the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development. In India, the votes so far have indicated that the single largest transforming development would be ‘better education’, followed closely by ‘better job opportunities’ and ‘better healthcare.’

The survey can be taken online at http://www.myworld2015.org or by calling 0730-201-0000.

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