UN to Crowdsource Global Partnership for Youth in Post-2015 Agenda
Crowdicity has launched a landmark three month crowdsourcing project with the United Nations system, to enable thousands of young people from around the world to give their views on five key topics that will affect their future.
The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi is facilitating the partnership, working with ITU, UNFPA and UNMC to bring together UN Agencies, IGNOs, Public and Private Sector organisations, as well as national youth councils, Youth-led and Youth-focused organisations and other stakeholders to be a unified voice for youth priorities in the global Post-2015 development agenda.
Launched on 18 February 2014, the dedicated Crowdicity platform will generate engagement through an integrated social media campaign across Twitter (hashtag #GPY2015), Facebook and Google+, as well as being supported through key milestone events such as regional forums and conferences. The project will initially run for three months, and preliminary results will be discussed at the World Youth Conference in Sri Lanka in May 2014. As part of this partnership, the crowdsourcing exercise will allow global youth to identify and formulate concrete ideas and proposals to feed directly into the Post-2015 development frameworks.
Rob Wilmot, founder and CEO of Crowdicity, said: “This latest project from Crowdicity with the United Nations builds on the experience of the ITU, where more than 1,000 unique ideas were gathered with 27,000 votes and comments, from 173 featured countries, to create the first ever crowdsourced UN Declaration on the future of ICT, for the BYND2015 Summit."
This next phase really reinforces the power of social collaboration and crowdsourcing in harnessing global views that can feed social, economic and political change.”
Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, said: “The setting of the global post-2015 development agenda provides an excellent opportunity to engage young people in public consultation and dialogue on the issues affecting them. We want to give youth an active stake in this process. This initiative will allow us to connect with young audiences in a unique and meaningful way, to create a two-way conversation and produce a set of concerted ideas for youth targets and indicators in the post-2015 development agenda.”
Crowdicity is building on two years’ of amazing growth – which sees them boast customers such as John Lewis, LEGO, WWF, P&G and the NHS – to expand the business into new global markets.