Now you too can vote on post-2015 goals

    A globe held in two hands. Photo by: bies / CC BY-NC-SA

    The United Nations wants to hear from you!

    The United Nations has amped up its efforts to shape a post-Millennium Development Goals framework by this week launching the My World survey. Offered in 10 languages, the survey asks citizens from all over the world to share their thoughts on what priorities to include in the global development agenda beyond 2015.

    In some countries, votes may also be sent through mobile phone and offline ballots.

    The survey will ask participants to choose six from the following 16 issues:

    • Better job opportunities.

    • Protection against crime and violence.

    • Freedom from discrimination and persecution.

    • A good education.

    • Equality between men and women.

    • Better transport and roads.

    • Access to clean water and sanitation.

    • Reliable energy at home.

    • Phone and Internet access.

    • Action taken on climate change.

    • Political freedoms.

    • Affordable and nutritious food.

    • An honest and responsive government.

    • Protecting forests, rivers and oceans.

    • Better health care.

    • Support for people who can’t work.

    At the time this author took the survey, 69,391 respondents from 190 countries had participated in the survey.

    The final survey results will be handed over to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his high-level panel on the post-2015 development agenda, as well as to heads of state and government present at the opening of the 2013 U.N. General Assembly, the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and other processes.

    “Vote and tell us what issues matter most to you and your family. Make a difference. Mark a difference,” urged Ban in a video message.

    According to the United Nations, preliminary results reveal that education is the top priority among respondents, followed by an honest and responsive government, health care, water, sanitation, and job and food security.

    The My World survey was piloted by the U.N. Development Program, U.N. Millennium Campaign, Overseas Development Institute and World Wide Web Foundation in cooperation with IPSOSMORI.

    What did you vote for?

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    About the author

    • Johanna Morden

      Johanna Morden is a community development worker by training and a global development journalist by profession. As a former Devex staff writer based in Manila, she covered the Asian Development Bank as well as Asia-Pacific's aid community at large. Johanna has written for a variety of international publications, covering social issues, disasters, government, ICT, business, and the law.