News - Presentation of the initiative - Serbia We Want
January 29, 2013
Belgrade, 29 January 2013 - "Serbia is one of 56 countries in the world that is shaping a new, global development agenda for the period after 2015", said the UN Resident Coordinator William Infante at a press conference held today. The country-wide consultation process, implemented under the initiative "Serbia We Want", offers an opportunity to all people living in Serbia to give their opinions, and to define of a set of global Sustainable Development Goals that will guide development activities worldwide in the period after 2015. Special emphasis is put on the voices of marginalized groups in Serbia which are often unheard.
The "Serbia We Want" initiative is part of an unprecedented global consultation process dubbed "The World We Want 2015", facilitated by the United Nations Country Team in Serbia (UNCT).
The UN Country Team is presenting today the tools and communication channels that will be used to collect input from across Serbia. In order to reach diverse groups of people, including the disabled, people in rural and remote areas, illiterate people, Roma or other minorities, victims of violence, displaced or migrating people, workers and unemployed, women, LGBT, and many others, we will use electronic, print, and broadcast media. Later on their views will be analyzed through workshops, focus groups and round table discussions, face to face interviews, public debates and other means. An online platform and social media tools were launched few days ago - www.srbijakakvuzelim.rs - and will reach large number of young people and other social media literate citizens. Access to an on-line questionnaire can be obtained through the UN Country Team's website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
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The interest so far is great and promising. Hundreds of questionnaires have been received since the "Serbia We Want" platform was launched a week ago.
Through the consultation, we will identify what is really important to Serbia, how we see our country in the future and how the quality of life of all citizens can be improved, said Borka Jeremic, Resident Coordinator Officer who is stewarding the initiative for the UN Country Team.
The consultations will last until end of March 2013. A report with the results from Serbia will be submitted to the UN Secretary General and will inform the inter-governmental working group convened by the UN. The World's new development goals for the period following 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals are ending, will be discussed at a special meeting during the UN General Assembly in September 2015.
"We are proud to facilitate the participation of as many people in Serbia as possible in this important, global process", said William Infante. "I hope the media will help us reach out to all citizens, seizing this unique opportunity through Facebook, Twitter and the ‘Srbija kakvu zelim' (www.srbijakakvuzelim.rs ) web portal, to give us their opinions and input which will help shape the future we want".