Shaping our future together
Published on 07 January 2021
Shaping our future together
Listening to people's priorities for the future and their ideas for action
UN75 - The Future We Want, the United Nations We Need
Resolved to combine our efforts
Preliminary Assessment of the UN75 Survey and Dialogues
The UN75 survey was available in 64 languages and was open to everyone. It was developed in partnership with the SDG Action Campaign, with advice from polling experts Pew Research Centre and Missions Publiques. UN75 asked people about their immediate priorities for recovering from the pandemic; what they most want to see in 25 years; what global trends will most affect our future; how important – or not – it is for countries to work together; and whether people will be better or worse off in 2045.
More than 1.3 million people from 193 countries responded.
The data was analysed in partnership with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, with advice from Pew Research Center and New York University. The full results, analysis and methodology can be viewed in the January 2021 concluding UN75 report “Shaping our Future Together.”
You can explore and download the full survey dataset or use filters for country, region, gender, age, disability status and education level. To download the full dataset you will need data software capable of processing 1.3 million entries, including text entries. The full dataset exceeds Excel’s capacity.
UN75 dialogues were open to everyone, providing people the opportunity to discuss their priorities and concerns for the future, solutions for global challenges, and to foster trust, partnerships and action. The UN75 team developed a dialogue toolkit in partnership with the SDG Action Campaign, and with advice from Missions Publiques and IPSOS.
3,500+ UN75 dialogues were registered in 120 countries, and 1,141 dialogue summaries were received from participants in 94 countries.
The summaries received were analysed in partnership with the Graduate Institute of International and Development studies, using qualitative content analysis to draw out participants’ solutions and ideas for action, organized along the UN75 Declaration’s 12 Commitments. The full results, analysis and methodology can be viewed in the January 2021 concluding UN75 report “Shaping our Future Together.”
You can download the coded UN75 dialogues dataset and some of the original summary reports below. You can also view the summaries of analysis under “Our Common Agenda,” below.
Our Common Agenda
The analysis of UN75 dialogue summaries is presented along the UN75 Declaration’s 12 Commitments. Download the summary in English or French or explore individual summaries for each Commitment. UN Member States adopted “Our Common Agenda” during the official commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary in September 2020, as part of General Assembly Resolution 75/1 “Declaration on the commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations.”
Independent, scientific public opinion polling
Between 16 June and 20 July 2020, Edelman Intelligence conducted a scientifically sampled survey of 35,777 individuals across 36 countries. Edelman focused on multilateral principles, global challenges, views of the United Nations and how the Organization carries out its mission.
24 countries were sampled using national representation, i.e. representative of the demographic make up in that country, and the further 12 countries were sampled using online representation, i.e. representative of those that have access to the internet. See the report below for more details.
Pew Research Center’s independent Summer 2020 Global Attitudes Survey focused on cross-national views of multilateral principles, perceived global threats, views of the United Nations, and how the Organization carries out its mission. Pew Research Center used data from nationally representative surveys of 14,276 adults from June 10 to Aug. 3, 2020. The full results, analysis and methodology can be viewed in their report below.
UN 75th Anniversary Primary Survey
International Cooperation Welcomed Across 14 Advanced Economies
Edelman Intelligence analysed the global media landscape (print, broadcast, online and social media) in a broad global sample of 70 countries, from May 2019 to May 2020, covering different regions, languages, geographic and population sizes, and economic and human development levels. The analysis focused on the way megatrends are covered, including the role of international cooperation and the United Nations in addressing them.
The full methodology and sample can be viewed in their report.
Acknowledging the substantial body of existing research and analysis globally on multilateralism, the United Nations, upgrading the United Nations and key areas of the United Nations’ work, UN75 conducted a comprehensive mapping of academic and policy research covering six languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
The research mapping included a review of publications published in top-ranked academic journals and universities and by the top ranked think tanks. The non-exhaustive list of publications were captured in a database according to the UN75 Political Declaration Commitments (where relevant), sub-topics, author, author’s country of residence, publication date, publisher, language, and abstract.
You can download the database of publications below, and view the full methodology in the January 2021 concluding UN75 report “Shaping our Future Together.” You can also view snapshot lists of key publications for each UN75 Declaration Commitment at the back of each Commitment summary, under “Our Common Agenda,” above.
The UN75 data presented on this website is organized by countries, territories and areas of origin as provided by the respondents. The report uses the country and area names and methodology used for statistical processing purposes and in its publications by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. The designations employed and the presentation of material on this website do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).