SANA’A, Feb. 19 (Saba)- Approximately 121,000 people in Yemen have voted on development priorities through the MY World Survey, the Unites Nations’ survey for a better world.
A second phase of the campaign is launched on Wednesday in Sana’a, all mobile phone subscribers can now call 2015 for free and tell the world what they want.
Over the last 6 months, the United Nations has worked with partners in Yemen to get inputs to the global debate to define future development priorities.
“The My World is a unique and groundbreaking global survey,” says Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN Resident Coordinator in Yemen.
“121,000 votes are already gathered from Yemen and are ambitious when we now, along with our valuable partners, aim at getting the Yemeni votes the highest in the world in relation to population,” he said.
17,000 of these votes were collected offline with the help of volunteers in every single governorate in Yemen. Thanks to partners as Y telecom, Menavas and Yemen 21 Forum, 102,683 have been submitted by Y subscribers calling 2015 for free.
Now, Yemen Mobile, MTN and Sabafon are joining the efforts and offer the same service to their subscribers. Anyone can now call 2015 for free and participate.
The findings will inform the UN Secretary General and the world leaders when deciding on the next set of development goals. Both men and women consider a good education significant; more than two thirds have rated it as one of their top development priorities.
Education is followed by ‘better job opportunities’. Children under 15 consider education the most important development priority affecting their lives. Secondly, rather than job opportunities, they rate ‘better healthcare’ as a priority.
Voters above the age of 61 rate a good education highest, followed by better healthcare and affordable and nutritious food. The third most pressing development priority, as seen by voters, is ‘a responsive government’.
“When I see and hear what people really care about, I see that Yemenis are, just like me and my own family, concerned about concrete things that affect our lives and enables us to be good fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers. Respondents from Sa’ada and Soccotra, from Al-Mahrah and from Hodeida, all share the same views on development priorities. I believe that working together, with commitment to achieve these aspirations, Yemen will raise from this challenging time to a prosperous future, just like Yemen has been known throughout history,” said Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
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