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What Issues Matter to You Most? Tell the United Nations

My WorldThe United Nations, specifically the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Millennium Campaign, and some of its key partners, the Oversees Development Institute (ODI) and World Wide Web Foundation, have come together to create MY World, a global survey to gauge the personal interests and issues that matter most to people around the world from New York to Paris; from Sioux Falls to Rio. This new survey housed on myworld2015.org asks global citizens to choose 6 of the top 16 issue areas that mean the most to them and that will impact their lives post 2015.

Why is this survey critical?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are slated to expire in 2015 and the global development community is gathering data and information to help set the course and  agenda for post 2015 global development. In fact, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will meet first in Monrovia, Liberia at the end of this month where the data findings will be presented. The survey results will become a part of the panel’s final report which will be delivered to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in May 2013.

Take the quick survey here.

The sixteen issues are:

  1. Better job opportunities
  2. Support for people who can´t work
  3. A good education
  4. Better healthcare
  5. Affordable and nutritious food
  6. Phone and internet access
  7. Better transport and roads
  8. Access to clean water and sanitation
  9. Reliable energy at home
  10. Action taken on climate change
  11. Protecting forests, rivers and oceans
  12. Equality between men and women
  13. Protection against crime and violence
  14. Political freedoms
  15. An honest and responsive government
  16. Freedom from discrimination and persecution

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A Rundown of Our Tweets from Social Good Summit Day 1

Today was the kickoff day to the first of three days of the Social Good Summit taking place in New York and around the world. Here is a complete rundown of our tweets from Day 1. Topics covered include maternal health, family planning, broadband access and global usage, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), data access, Google Earth, and mobile broadband.

An Evening Celebrating the World’s Humanitarians

On Friday night I attended the “I Was Here” event at the United Nations headquarters in New York in celebration of World Humanitarian Day that is celebrated every year on August 19. In attendance was Beyonce who filmed the video for her song I Was Here  in the UN General Assembly Hall.  She donated her video to the  United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs to spread the word about World Humanitarian Day in order to reach 1 billion people with the message to help one another on August 19 and beyond.

World Humanitarian Day first began in 2007  to honor the 22 people who were killed during an attack at the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. Today World Humanitarian Day celebrates the people who help those in need around the world and those who risk their lives every day for the safety and security of people in need.

The evening was capped off by Beyonce’s moving performance, but the night started with remarks by Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and poignant interviews by Anderson Cooper with people who do amazing things to help others every day. First, Anderson interviewed Laurent Vieira de Mello who helped start the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation. Sergio is Laurent’s father and a humanitarian who was killed in the worst attack against the United Nations in 2003. The Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation works to advance the humanitarian notion of conflicts and resolutions through peaceful means.

Anderson also interviewed Pernille Ironside, a Child Protection Specialist in Emergencies for UNICEF, who has negotiated the release of children from Ugandan warlords and the Nepalese government. The work she does will make your jaw drop, but she continues to work in dangerous situations to save the lives of children around the world. Please take a moment to read an article about Ironside from a few years ago in the CS Monitor. It sums up her amazing work nicely.

Anderson also interviewed Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier in Sierra Leone who was saved by a team from UNICEF in the 1990’s. He wrote A Long Way Gone, his memoir about being a child soldier. He recounted how his immediate family was killed and how he sought refuge at a military base. After a week at the base he had been taught to be a child soldier. He was only 12-years-old.

Beah wrote his book to tell his story and the stories of millions of children just like him. His story shows that even though children are taught to commit horrible atrocities that they can come back from living as a child of war.

Cooper Anderson interviewed Erin Dinan, a New York City-based photographer who started One Sandwich at a Time, a nonprofit that comes together twice a month to feed New York’s homeless. What started as a simple idea to help others has turned into an organization with massive reach that just recently fed 600 people in New York. Learn more about her work at www.onesandwichatatime.com.

On August 19 join me and millions of others who will celebrate World Humanitarian Day and commit to do something – no matter how small – to help someone else. Visit whdiwashere.org to join the movement.

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