Nelson Mandela Foundation

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The United Nations My World survey, which was launched on 17 July 2014, asked participants from across the globe to vote on what development goals mattered to them the most.

Using grass roots partnerships and technology unavailable when the Millennium Development Goals were set in 2000, the My World survey involved people everywhere in helping draft development priorities for the future that are meaningful and relevant.

Using a combination of off-line, on-line and mobile phone technologies, the survey reached some of the most marginalised members of society. More than seven million people from 194 countries voted, representing one in every 1 000 of the Earth's citizens. 

Who voted?

  • The vast majority of votes (over five million) were collected offline via paper ballots. 

  • The overwhelming majority of participants are young people under 30 from low to medium HDI (Human Development Index) countries.

  • There is almost equal participation between men and women.

Participants were asked to pick six out of 16 priorities for a better life. Their answers have helped build a dataset like none other. Not only does it paint a clear picture of what people want, but it shows that this holds true whoever you are or wherever you live. 

The results

On 12 December 2014 the UN released the results of the My World survey. 

Download the results here