Georgia Joins the United Nations Global Survey for a Better World
TBILISI. 2 August 2013 – In August and September 2013 Georgia will take part in an innovative survey MY World initiated by the United Nations and partners around the globe. By selecting six out of sixteen issues that matter most to individual citizens and their families, Georgians will contribute to setting the next development agenda and will have a say in what development priorities world leaders should consider after 2015.
In Georgia this unique national consultation is organised by the United Nations in partnership with civil society, research institutions and the government.
Jamie McGoldrick, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Georgia, and David Usuphashvili, Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia, announced the launch of MY World in Georgia today.
“The results of national consultations and an online survey will be consolidated and submitted to the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda. The United Nations in Georgia will work with a range of national partners to make sure that Georgia is well represented in this unprecedented global development process,”- said Jamie McGoldrick, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Georgia.
The consultative process in Georgia will involve a wide range of participants, including the elderly, youth, the displaced, economically and socially vulnerable, rural farmers, academia, NGO community, media and self-governance. To gather people’s voices different tools and methodologies, like focus groups, online and offline surveys, and SMS voting will be used.
Collected data will not only contribute to setting of global development agenda, but it will be translated into national policies and influence the national development strategy.
“It is a rare opportunity to influence the next global development framework and to hear people’s voices and feed their needs into national policies and strategies,”- said David Usuphashvili, Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia.
With MY World the UN continues to build on the momentum generated by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have already improved millions of people’s lives. However, to confront the persistent challenges that will face people and planet after the 2015 target date of the MDGs, the UN is working with governments, civil society groups, academia and the private sector on the priorities for the next global development agenda.
194 countries have voted already through www.myworld2015.org. In addition, the UN and partners have engaged in almost 100 national and thematic consultations worldwide. Voters continue engaging in global development consultations at www.worldwewant2015.org.
Maka Gvritishvili, UNDP in Georgia: +995 551 988999, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP in Georgia, +995 599 196907, email@example.com