Post-2015 Ambassador, Mirna Fernández, collects MY World People’s Choice Award on behalf of WAGGGS
27 September 2013
Earlier this week we announced, with great excitement, that WAGGGS had won the MY World People’s Choice Award by receiving the most popular votes. You can read more about the Award and why we were nominated here.
On 25 September, WAGGGS delegates who were in New York for the UN General Assembly attended the MY World Partner Recognition Event and MY World Awards Ceremony. The event was to recognize the work of those partners who had stood out for their performance in the promotion of the MY World survey at the national or international level.
The audience included Ms. Amina J Mohammed, Special Adviser to the Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning, Ms. Corinne Woods, Global Director UN Millennium Campaign, Mr. Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, and Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary General’s Envoy. There were also representatives of other UN Member States, members of the press and media, civil society representatives and representatives of the corporate sector.
There were ten categories of Awards, one of them being the MY World People’s Choice Award which Mirna Fernández, a WAGGGS Post-2015 Ambassador fromm Bolivia, collected on behalf of WAGGGS. Mirna was the first to receive the Award from Ahmed Alhendawi, the Special Envoy on Youth.
“Muchas gracias. It is amazing to be here representing the world's largest organization for girls and young women.
I want to thank you for recognizing this collective effort. It started with 17 post-2015 ambassadors of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in different countries. But now, I am receiving this award on behalf of hundreds of girls and young woman around the world.
I could experience by first-hand how powerful it is to have girls and young women approaching adults on the streets, explaining them what MY World is about and why it is so important. And it has a lot to do with the spirit of volunteerism,that helps us empowering these girls to become future leaders and responsible citizens of the world.
In Bolivia, we used to approach people saying "your voice matters", and I am sure that
I share the same hope with all the people in this room and all the MY World Partners around the world: That the voices of the people are at the heart of the decisions that will share the future we really want.
We would like to again say a big thank you to everyone who voted for us and would encourage you to take part in the MY World survey if you haven’t already.