UN Report: Education, Health Care, Honest and Responsive Government, and Jobs Top Priorities for People Worldwide

10 Sep 2013

The UN has launched an interactive map of the world showing what people want in every country.

New York - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented a new report “A Million Voices: The World We Want”. The report summarizes the findings from public consultations and surveys that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 193 UN Member States since August 2012 in an effort to identify priorities for the post-2015 development agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The consultations and surveys revealed that people expect governments and the international community to create conditions for inclusive social and economic development, in peace and security, and within planetary boundaries. They want world leaders to focus on:

  • Completing the unfinished business of the MDGs by providing everyone in the world – universally – with access to water, food, better health care, and quality education;
  • The management of natural resources, job creation, and security and freedom from violence;
  • Addressing inequalities in terms of obstacles to access public services, participate in political processes or job opportunities.

Zooming in on single issues, the call for better education, improved health care services, honest and responsive governments, and jobs has dominated the discussions around the world.

More than 300,000 people engaged in face-to-face meetings in 88 countries and a series of 11 consultations on issues such as food security, access to water, and governance. Online discussions on these issues also took place on the WorldWeWant2015 web platform, which brought together communities of experts. Almost one million people participated through the MY World 2015 options survey, using digital channels, SMS and extensive offline interactions through a network of over 700 civil society partners.  

Most MY World votes came from India, Nigeria, Cameroon, Thailand, Philippines, Rwanda, USA, UK, Brazil and Indonesia. Half of all participants were under 30 years old.

Interactive map

Ban Ki-moon also launched an online world map, which shows the results of the MY World survey. It allows people to separate out the results by countries, regions, gender, levels of education or age.

The UN teams who organized the majority of these consultations put emphasis on engaging groups that are often excluded like women, youth, and people living with disabilities. The polling teams hiked to remote villages in Peru, Rwanda and other locations to give the opportunity to participate to communities without access to cell phones or the Internet.

The findings of the report will be presented on 23 September 2013 to world leaders during the 68th UN General Assembly session in New York. The consultations and surveys will continue until the end of 2015 so that the opinions of the world’s people can feed into the intergovernmental process forming the post-2015 agenda that will build on the MDGs.

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Kate Donovan, UNICEF, kdonovan@unicef.org, + 1 212 326 7452, + 1 917 378 2128
Sharon Grobeisen, UN Women, sharon.grobeisen@unwomen.org, Tel: +1 646 781 4753

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