By Gary Goldman
This week marks the beginning of sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly, which will be partly focused on the post-2015 agenda as the current Millennium Development Goals are close to expiration. An exciting new tool compiling global data just launched as a way to support the decision-making process for the new development agenda.
What People Want is an interactive visualization showcasing the compiled development priorities of nearly 1 million individuals from 194 countries to be considered by the United Nations and World leaders. The MY World survey, an initiative of the United Nations, World Wide Web Foundation, Overseas Development Institute and Ipsos MORI, asks users to choose which 6 of 16 issues are most important to them and to their family. Once an individual has voted, he/she will be able to access the Map to view and compare results from around the world.
The What People Want interactive world map, developed by Community Systems Foundation—a proud supporter of the International Year of Statistics—on behalf and under the guidance of the MYWorld Partnership, allows users to visualize how citizens in each country voted: their priorities, and the number of votes disaggregated by gender, age and education. After selecting a country, it is also possible to see which countries voted most and least like that country.
“The Map embodies the International Year of Statistics’ mission to showcase the impact of statistics on all aspects of society,” says Dr. Chris Dickey, Director of Research and Innovations at Community Systems Foundation. “This is a tremendous opportunity for individuals to have a real impact on the post-2015 conversation.”
The interactive world map provides some fascinating insights on issues that are of importance for each country. For instance, “Protecting forests, rivers and oceans” is the highest priority in Australia (63% of voters included it in their 6 priorities), while it is ranked 16th out of 16 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The What People Want interactive world map will make it easy for decision-makers to visualize what priorities are important for each nation and to make plans based on the aspirations of all people. It will be updated on a daily basis, reflecting the most recent data available.
Organizations from all 126 countries supporting the International Year of Statistics are encouraged to cast their votes today and make their voice count.
Access the Map at: http://map.worldwewant2015.org
Learn more at: http://worldwewant2015.org
Goldman is a programme advisor at the Community Systems Foundation.