The UN Millennium Campaign was established by the UN Secretary General in 2002. The Campaign supports citizens’ efforts to hold their governments to account for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. In 2009, the Millennium Campaign awarded WAGGGS with seed funding in order to develop resources for its Global Action Theme educational programme which helps girls and young women to learn about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The grant also enabled WAGGGS to produce a number of free fabric badges for Member Organizations in developing countries and to encourage their involvement in the Stand Up Against Poverty campaign.
More recently WAGGGS has been supporting the UN Millennium Campaign to collect information from the general public on what issues are important to them to be addressed in the new post-2015 development agenda – now the Sustainable Development Goals – which will run from 2016 – 2030 to replace the Millennium Development Goals. WAGGGS was presented with the People’s Choice award in 2013 for its’ commitment to promoting the ‘My World’ survey – the mechanism created by the UN Millennium Campaign to collect this data. Ranging from gender equality to clean water, WAGGGS was instrumental in encouraging Girl Guides, Girl Scouts and other young people in all corners of the world to contribute their opinions and priorities to this global survey.
In March 2014, at the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, WAGGGS hosted an official UN side event in partnership with UN Millennium Campaign presenting the building blocks of the world we want for girls beyond 2015 which came from consultations held with thousands of girls and young women everywhere.