By Karol Alejandra Arámbula Carrillo, Global Youth Advocate for MY World 2015 and MI JALISCO’s Managing Director
Six months have passed since the implementation of MY World began in Jalisco, Mexico. Over 100,000 votes have been collected in 35 municipalities, and more than 50 institutions have joined our efforts. We are still mobilizing thousands of votes all over the state to reach our 200,000 goal thanks to the incredible work of many of our partners in the public and private sector, along with the fantastic contributions made by dozens Civil Society Organizations. Other states within Mexico such as Oaxaca, Durango, Veracruz and Michoacán have also had small contributions thanks to Jalisco’s volunteer team. 43% of our voters are young people 30 and under, and 52% are women. The six most voted priorities are A good education; Better job opportunities; An honest and responsive government; Protection against crime and violence; Better healthcare and Affordable and nutritious food. 300 young volunteers from 70 institutions – nearly 70% of them women – have been the main drivers of this remarkable citizens’ initiative. For the first time since the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals and the construction of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Jalisco’s population works along the United Nations to advocate for real, democratic and inclusive sustainable development policies.
MY World volunteers in Jalisco have demonstrated that resources and financial constraints are not an obstacle to have everyone represented, especially the most marginalized and vulnerable communities. Over 85% of the entire voting process has been implemented offline, ensuring that the voices of the unheard are fully reflected in the results. Volunteers have received basic materials to undertake this survey, but most of the resources such as transportation or access to certain facilities, has been covered by them.All partners involved have been highly impressed with the process led by volunteers in dozens of institutions. There is a very genuine and unique feeling among the team that this will serve as a real platform for change. MY World, has not only been able to bring direct involvement of the population in the process towards the adoption and follow-up mechanisms of the Sustainable Development Goals at the local level, but has also strengthened the role of the United Nations in Jalisco. Never before has the population of our state felt identified or included in a process led by an intergovernmental organization. After the MY World process, we are certain that the population is now more aware of what will happen in September 2015 and will be able to say ‘my voice was represented’. All members of our team along with the numerous partners that joined us in this effort have a clear commitment towards the inclusion of the results in effective and feasible public policies.