A young man declares, “My first priority is probably a good education. You can do anything with a good education. You can become more powerful and you can solve more problems, for yourself and your community.”  (Prishtinë, Kosovo)

This young man is one of the many people captured through a portrait and a caption that reveals their life’s priority and dreams. They all desire one thing: a betterment of life, for themselves and their community, country and the world, until these ideals reach today’s decision makers. Such is the vision of Humans of MY World.

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Photo courtesy of Humans of MY World Facebook Page

Similar to Humans of New York City, the NYC-centric street portrait blog, Humans of MY World asks strangers what their priorities are to help their community, country and fellowmen to achieve a better world.

“Humans of MY World is a powerful reminder of what global development is truly about: improving the daily lives of individual people around the globe. Humans of MY World bring further life and nuance to the ground breaking data being collected by the MY World 2015 campaign,” says Corinne Woods, the Director of UN Millennium Campaign.

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Photo courtesy of Humans of My World Facebook Page

 

“The most important thing? Equality between men and women.”

“Why?”

“Because women hold up half the sky. To solve our biggest problems, we need every resource and asset available. You would never leave half of your assets on the table in business, would you?” (Istanbul, Turkey)

 

Humans of My World was created to include the voice of the previously unheard into the MY World 2015 project’s data collection. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has described MY World 2015 as “the most inclusive global development process the world has ever known.” It aims to bring the voices of millions of people into the attention of world leaders in their post-2015 decision-making process.

Also known as Post-2015 but popularly referred to as MY World, it is the first-ever UN global citizen survey and was created to establish a direct link between citizens and governments, as well as between citizens and the UN. This is a pivotal moment at the United Nations, because the Millennium Development Goals expire next year, and it’s time to set the new global development agenda for the next 15 years.

The UN Millennium Campaign expects to gather around 2 million people who have answered the call to spread best practices ideas. These individuals are the ones who have participated in MY World, a United Nations survey that simply asks the question “What matters most to you?” Among the suggested answers are “A good education,” “Protection against crime and violence,” “Better job opportunities,” “Political freedoms,” “Better healthcare,” “Actions taken on climate change,” “Affordable and nutritious food” and “An honest and responsive government.”

The 15-nation journey will highlight multitudes of like-minded individuals, from off-the-beaten path locations to bustling capitals like Bogota and Bangkok, spanning across five continents, making stops in universities, community centers, hospitals and even refugee camps. During this period, expect Humans of MY World to feature interesting and inspiring tales of people who are passionate about making a difference. You are invited to follow the blog by commenting and sharing these ideas on your own social media–that way you will help spread the advocacy of Humans of MY World. You can also participate by casting your vote with the United Nations at http://vote.myworld2015.org/

While MY World 2015 is the heart of the project, where data is collected and forwarded to world leaders, the Humans of MY World blog brings the human element to back up the numbers. This way, both world leaders and citizens do not merely see the numerical data, but also attach to it a face and a narrative. The data collected will have corresponding human stories, because the real-world stories are precious data in itself, and the photo narratives and statistics will be seen as dual sides of the same global development coin.

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Photo courtesy of Humans of My World Facebook Page

“Everyone in my generation is calling for a more tolerant government. One by one we’re loosing our freedoms. The police keeps killing us. And the government is worried about just one thing only, and that’s money.”

For more information about the project Humans of MY World please contact: 

william.h.moore@undp.org
saige.martin@undp.org
www.facebook.com/homy2015