Post-2015 Agenda: Red Cross Red Crescent wants to bring 'Your Voice' to global attention

Publié: 12 août 2013

Today, on World Youth Day, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is launching an engagement platform, Your Voice, providing a dedicated space for people of all ages to express their hopes, visions and aspirations for the future. The humanitarian organization says it wants to bring a diversity of voices around the globe to the post-2015 development agenda.

“Our humanitarian network of 187 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the communities in which we work represent a rich diversity of cultures, beliefs, customs, social profiles, hopes and aspirations,” says IFRC Secretary General Bekele Geleta.

“The IFRC believes that the post-2015 agenda must take into account the needs, rights and views of individuals, including the most vulnerable, with direct input from the people themselves. As the world’s largest humanitarian network, which is volunteer-based and community-centric, we are well placed to take local voices and opinions global, enabling individual voices to be heard around the world.”

The platform, which enables respondents to post in multiple languages, will help the organization collect public voices and opinions through seven top-level categories (disasters, health, peace, inequality, participation, and learning and migration) and subsequent sub-categories, as well as the opportunity to write in if an individual’s priority topic is not already included.

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals – a set of eight global development goals – will expire at the end of 2015. The ongoing process among states to define what is currently called the ‘post-2015 development agenda’ will shape the future for people, communities, countries and humanitarian work over the next 20 to 30 years. As an Observer to the United Nations General Assembly, the IFRC has participated in the  relevant intergovernmental discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.

The Your Voice engagement process will collect voices and opinions of Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers, staff, supporters, partners, community members, and others. The results from this local-to-global engagement process will be automatic and real-time in Your Voice, displaying participants’ priorities around the world. The IFRC will use the findings from Your Voice to more actively engage in the ongoing post-2015 development process. The Your Voice initiative will continue through the lead-up to the states’ final adoption of the global agenda in 2015.

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