The Jammu & Kashmir Bureau of the Peace Gong, the global childrens newspaper has been conferred with My World Volunteerism Award for outstanding efforts in the promotion of My World, the United Nations global survey for a better world. The Award was conferred on September 25 2013 at a special function held at the UN as the My World Partner Recognition Award event and the My World Awards Ceremony.
Dr Mazher Hussain, a trustee of the Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation and Execuive Director of COVA, received the award on behalf of the entire Peace Gong family. Nobel Laureate Dr Mohammed Younus joined to collect the award saying it was an award for all people of South Asia.
The Peace Gong is a media and information literacy initiative of the Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation, India. The volunteers of the Peace Gong Jammu and Kashmir Bureau collected votes for the My World initiative from remote and border areas of Jammu and Kashmir through active voluntary participation of children and youth from a 10 years old primary school child to a 33 years professional. The survey proved to be a great step to sensitize young minds to different social challenges and encourage them to volunteer for social change. This also helped the voices of the marginalised to be heard in the corridors of the United Nations and become part of decision making in the making of a better world.
The My World United Nations Survey for a Better World was able to bring voices of 1 million people from 194 countries and was organized by the United Nations Millennium Campaign, UN Foundation, United Nations Volunteers Programme and UNICEF. Among those who were present on the occasion 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. Youth-Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary Generals Envoy.
Mr Javed Naqi, Chief Coordinator, Peace Gong Bureau Jammu & Kashmir welcoming the Award said that an exercise like My World Survey gives us hope that even poor and marginalised people can have a role to contribute towards the creation of the World they always dream of.