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MY World 2015 Virtual Exhibit


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MY World:

listening to one million voices
What is MY World ?

to our exhibition which showcases the biggest ever global conversation about your priorities for the world’s future. This exhibition tells you the story from the beginning, gives you some of the results so far and, most importantly, invites you to have your say and tell us what issues are important to you as we debate the future post-2015 development agenda.

In September 2000, world leaders gathered at the United Nations and agreed to cut global poverty and hunger by half, fight climate change and disease, tackle unsafe water and sanitation, expand education and open the doors of opportunity for girls and women. This is how the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were born.

Since they were adopted, the MDGs have proven to be the most successful global anti-poverty push in history, truly changing the lives of millions of people across the world. But progress has been uneven so now is the time to step up efforts to ensure the success of the MDGs, which will be an important foundation for the global development agenda after 2015.


The BIRTH of the

Even when every MDG is met, much unfinished business will remain. Continuing work is still needed after 2015. Now we must agree on a new framework that reflects our determination to face new challenges to achieve a world of prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity and peace for current and future generations.

What Happens after the MDGs?

Millennium Development Goals

talking and listening to millions of people all over the world

Work to create the new development framework has begun with a truly “global conversation”, an open and inclusive process which is inviting people across the world to participate. The United Nations initiated this global dialogue and during 2012-2013 supported 100 consultations in all regions of the world involving governments, civil
society, the private sector, academia and research institutions. MY World continues to invite people to join the process. Young people, the citizens of the future, are at the center of this conversation.

Starting a Global Conversation
MY World

The United Nations Global Survey for a Better World
MY World is a global survey for citizens which started in February 2013. Led by the United Nations and over 700 partners across the world, it invites people to vote for six of the sixteen issues which will make the most difference to their lives and the lives of their families. Their votes are being shared with global leaders as they begin the process of defining the new development goals for the world. Now, over one million people in 194 countries have already taken part and made their voices heard. From now until 2015, MY World will aim to reach as many people as possible, especially the world’s poorest and most marginalized, so that everyone’s voice can be heard.
MY World: Over 1 Million Votes Received So Far

Thank you!

Since launched in March 2013, over 1 million citizens from 194 countries have voted in the MY World survey. This would have not been possible without the close engagement of over 700 MY World partners around the world. We gratefully acknowledge their support.

Access full list of MY World partners
Where Do the 1 Million Voices Come From ?
A groundbreaking global consultation. developed by the UN.
MY World is a global options survey asking citizens what would make the most difference to their lives and that of their families. 1 million people in 194 countries have responded.
Education is the top priority for 70% of MY World voters.
Thailand’s innovative campaign also made it possible for children to vote. A young girl casts her vote on a giant television in Bangkok.
Reaching out to everyone, everywhere.
In order to ensure the broadest possible reach, MY World was disseminated digitally via an interactive website, social media, and a mobile phone campaign.
We also conducted offline outreach, a grassroots effort by over 700 civil society organizations and the UN country teams, jointly reaching 194 countries.
A woman in New Caledonia votes online.
The work of thousands of volunteers across the world has been crucial to MY
“Of course I want to vote, but I also would like to help other Jordanians vote”, says a young Jordanian volunteer. “It is good to see that the United Nations goes down
in the streets to talk to people”, adds another when asked about his experience.
The UN is listening.
What’s the best way to work out what people want? By listening to them. The UN Secretary General´s Special advisor on Post-2015 development planning, Ms Amina Mohammed, traveled to Nigeria as part of the Girl Effect girls consultations to listen to girls speak about their hopes and dreams.
People mobilized all over the world.
The International Mexico City Marathon, held on the 25th of August 2013, promoted MY World and asked its 20,000 participants to take the survey. Hundreds of similar events took place all over the world, inviting citizens
to speak on the issues that would make the most difference to their lives.
Women’s participation in MY World.
Over 420,000 women have voted.
What did they say?
Globally women overwhelmingly voted for “a good education” and “better
healthcare” as their priorities.
A cosmetics sales girl votes during the United Nations in
Thailand’s door-to-door campaign in April 2013.
Over 50% of MY World voters are under 30 - just like the world´s population.
What are young people voting for?
“A good education”, “better healthcare”, “better job opportunities” are the top priorities for them.
Young Namibian climbers showing their ballots after having voted for their global priorities in the MY World survey.
Reaching to the most marginalized.
United Nations Volunteer/AFRC India volunteer team leader, Aswin Bhim Nath, age 17, explains My World to a woman in the rural area of Kerala, India. Aswin has travelled by bus, cycle and on foot, across Wayanad - one of the least developed districts of Kerala state- to get the maximum number of votes.
Groundbreaking use of new technology.
MY World has been available offline and online through internet and mobile phones. It has also worked closely with innovators
and emerging networks of innovation labs in the area of mobile applications and citizen engagement. 50% of votes were received through these channels.
Vote & Share

This is cool.
How Can I Have My Say at the UN ?
MY World Stories
Welcome to
What is MY World?
Where do 1 million voices come from?
How to hear the 1 million voices through data revolution?
How to get involved?

Click the arrow below to start the tour
A Long short Walk Campaign in South Africa have their say through MY World
Save the Children brings the voice of Nigerian children through MY World
How to Listen to the Voices
through Data Revolution ?
What do poorer countries prioritize compared to richer countries? How do gender and age filters change the order of the priorities? Visualization by SEED Scientific.


We can also listen to what people are saying when they are not taking part in a formal survey.

By searching the 500 million new posts on Twitter every day, this visualization by UN Global Pulse shows the 20 countries of the world that talk the most about each of MY World 16 options.

How do people around the world prioritize issues differently? Which issues have strong geographic ties?
Visualization by Community Systems Foundation.

What issues were raised in the open field option in addition to the sixteen MY World priorities?
Visualization by Dr Hendrik Strobelt.


The next global development agenda is being created in an era of crowd sourcing, big data, tablets, smart phones and real time data analytics.
MY World has been designed to take advantage of the latest data capture technology to detect trends and to use data visualizations and analytics to present groupings and facilitate bespoke reporting in real time by country, issue, source and demographic.
By doing so, it is our hope that we begin to set the stage for a strong, independent, iterative and people-centered accountability system for any future goals.

Mark Cogan / UNDP Thailand 2013
© Procter and Gamble Thailand 2013
© Frédéric Courbe 2013
© Procter and Gamble Thailand 2013
© Jean Choi/ UNICEF 2013
© MY World volunteer / UN Jordan 2013
© UNIC Mexico 2013
© Mark Cogan/ UNDP Thailand 2013
© UNAIDS Namibia 2013
© AFRC India/UNV 2013
© Mark Cogan/ UNDP Thailand 2013
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