Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Search for Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Youth Champions


Brief Background:

In the Millenium Summit held in 2000, 189 world leaders adopted the UN Millenium Declaration promoting the 8 goals to help developing countries improve their socioeconomic conditions. The Philippines is one of the signatories. After 10 years of the Declaration, the achievement of the MDGs by 2015 is paramount. It is in this connection that this search is being undertaken. Its purposes are:

To select 8 youth champions for each of the MDGs. Each shall embody the respective MDG that he/she will promote and advocate.
To be able to reach the grassroots through the MDG Youth Champions who will actively collaborate with the LGU's to mobilize and create change in the lives of the Filipinos and realize the MDGs by 2015.
To work with all sectors of society - the Government, NGA's, NSA's, CSO's, GOCC, Religious and the Academe in the realization of the MDGs.
To measure the quantifiable statistics accomplished through the influence of the MDG Youth Champions.
Who Can be an MDG Youth Champion?

An individual duly nominated by an institution or association with the following qualifications:

Must be a Filipino Citizen
18 to 35 years old
An emdodiment of a community role model who can positively promote the MDG.
He/She must be articulate, in written or oral communication.
He/She must be willing to travel around the Philippines for from 2009-2010 as the MDG Champion.
He/She must be able to inspire people to take action and create positive change in their lives and communities.
He/She must be well-versed about the MDGs and the mandate of the UN.
Who May Nominate?

Any institution or non-state association may nominate at most three youth champions.

Who are the Partners in this Search?

The UN agencies, UNAP Institutional Members, NGA's, LGU's, NSA's (Corporations with CSR), CSO's, GOCC's, the Government, Media, World Bank, AD, Religious and Academic Institutions.

Role of each Partner

A MOA signed amongst partners will outline the role of each partner.

What will the Champion Gain?

An Orlina Glass Sculpture or an Abueva Sculpture
Scholarship Grant
Study Tour to UNHQ
Automatic Delegate to the Asia-Pacific Model UN Assembly
Free Travel around the Philippines
Length of the Champions' tour of Duty

The Champions selected will serve until October 2010.

Who will be the Judges in the Search?

They will be selected from multi-disciplinary fields.

Manner of Judging
Preliminary Screening based on all submitted documents
Nationwide extemporaneous speaking contest on the MDGs as the first elimination round for all the nominees to select the 3 semi-finalists for each MDG.
Semi-Finalists will undergo final selection through a panel interview by the Final Judges.

Calendar of Search Activities

December 16, 2008 - Soft Launch
December 16-March 4, 2009 - Search
March 4, 2009 - Last day of submission of Nominations
March 5-7, 2009 - Collation of all Nominations
March 8-15, 2009 - Preliminary Screening
March 16-April 18, 2009 - Nationwide Extemporaneous Speaking Round
April 19-25, 2009 - Final Judging
May 8, 2009 - Announcement of Champions
January 2010 - Start of selection for the Second batch of MDG Champions
October 2010 - Gabi ng Parangal at Pasasalamat

MDG Projects

Sustainable projects that will result from the information dissemination campaign of the MDG Youth Champions will be done as separate activities to fast-track the realization of the MDGs by 2015.

Submission of Nomination

Institutions or associations may send in their nominations for an MDG Youth Champion to represent any of the eight Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) on or before MArch 4, 2009 by completing the nomination form. Each institution or organization may nominate a maximum of three.

For more info, contact;

United Nations Association of the Philippines
2nd Floor, 11 West Building, West Capitol Drive, Pasig City
Tel. No.: 634-2950
Website: www.unap1947. org
Multiply Site: mdgyouthchampion. multiply. com
Email: mdgyouthchampion@


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