In 2020, more than 1.5 million people – from all countries and all walks of life – shared their hopes, fears, priorities and solutions for the future. UN75 gathered their views through surveys and dialogues.
Five data sets
UN75 gathered their views through surveys and dialogues, with crucial support from UN Country Teams and Information Centers in all regions.
One-minute UN75 survey
A global survey of people’s priorities for recovering better from COVID-19 and for building a better future for all - over 1.3 million people responded
More than 3,000 dialogues in 120 countries - virtual and physical - in classrooms, boardrooms, parliaments and community groups
Scientific public opinion polling
Polling of a representative sample of 50,000 people in 50 countries with Edelman Intelligence and the Pew Research Center
Analysis of print, broadcast, online and social media in 70 countries
Academic research mapping in the six official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian
The UN75 survey (www.un75.online) was open to everyone. It was developed in partnership with the SDG Action Campaign, building on the lessons learned from the MYWorld survey, carried out ahead of adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. The UN75 Office additionally sought advice from polling experts, such as Pew Research Centre and Misions Publiques. The survey has been translated into 64 languages and adapted for an offline survey app, SMS, UNICEF’s U-Report and other tools.
Initially, the survey comprised five questions: two multiple choice questions, with answers appearing in randomized order and the option of adding your own (“If you picture the world in 25 years, what THREE things would you most want to see?” & “Which of these global trends do you think will most affect our future?” ); two sliding scale (“How important – or not – is it for countries to work together to manage the above trends?” & “Overall, do you think that people in 2045 will be better off, worse off, the same as you are today?”); and one optional free text question (“What would you advise the UN Secretary-General to do to address these global trends?”).
On 22 April, two COVID-19 related questions were added. The first (“What should the international community prioritise to recover better from the pandemic?”) was a multiple-choice question, with answers appearing in randomised order and the option of adding your own answer. The second (“Has Covid-19 changed your views on cooperation between countries?”) was a sliding scale question.
The data was analysed using quantitative statistical methods, in partnership with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, with advice provided from Pew Research Center and New York University. The published results can be found as part of the summary reports.
The interactive visualisation allows exploration of the quantitative survey data. Use the filters to explore how responses differed by country, gender, age group, disability status or education level. The download buttons below the visualisation allow you to download all underlying data (note that due to the volume of data this can exceed Excel’s capacity and using alternative tools for data processing is recommended) or responses for just one region or country.
UN75 dialogues were open to everyone. They provided an opportunity for people from all walks of life to discuss in greater detail their priorities and concerns for the future, as well as solutions to 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 organizations including Missions Publiques and IPSOS, which have conducted citizen assemblies. Formal piloting was conducted in nine countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America by Paragon Partnerships. Informal piloting was conducted by UN country teams and civil society groups in all regions, as key intended users.
The dialogues data was coded along three dimensions: 1) the UN75 Declaration 12 commitments; 2) sub-topics within each commitment; 3) proposed solutions for each of the 12 commitments. We additionally captured the following demographics data: dialogue organizer, type of participants, country, region, gender and age group.
The UN75 Declaration 12 commitments were used as the base categories for analysing and coding the dialogues data. We added two additional base categories that were discussed in dialogues, but that did not fit cleanly within any of the 12 commitments: 1) pandemic recovery, and 2) international cooperation/ multilateralism. Sub-topic categories were developed for each of the 12 commitments, using grounded theory methods.
Independent, scientific public opinion polling
Between 16 June and 20 July 2020, Edelman conducted a 15-minute online survey in 29 countries, and a 20-minute telephone-assisted survey in seven countries. A total of 35,777 individuals were surveyed across the 36 countries. They were screened for the survey based on a nationally or online representative sample based on their age, gender, education level, income level and region. Surveys were conducted in the preferred local language in each country.
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, characteristics of how the United Nations carries out its mission and ratings for how the World Health Organization has handled the coronavirus outbreak.
It was conducted in countries where nationally representative telephone surveys are feasible. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, face-to-face interviewing was not possible. In their analysis, Pew Research Center used data from nationally representative surveys of 14,276 adults from June 10 to Aug. 3, 2020, in 14 advanced economies. All surveys were conducted over the phone. See report for more details.
Edelman Intelligence analysed the global media landscape to gain insights into how megatrends are covered, including the perceived role of international cooperation – and specifically the United Nations – in addressing them. They analysed print, broadcast and online media, including social media, in 70 countries, covering the period May 2019 to May 2020.
Data was collected in 70 countries, to reflect a broad global sample covering different regions, languages, geographic and population sizes, and economic and human development levels, and based on feasibility.
Analysis performed at the global scale focused on how international cooperation, including the United Nations and other international organisations, is discussed and perceived in the media.
For an in-depth description of the methodology used, please consult the report.
Acknowledging the substantial body of existing research and analysis globally that can support the UN75 initiative, one of the five UN75 data streams was a comprehensive mapping of academic and policy research focused on multilateralism, the United Nations, upgrading the United Nations, and key areas of the United Nations’ work.
To ensure relevance, the review focused on articles published across the past five years (for academic publications, which often have longer publishing timelines), and two years for policy research. To ensure regional representation, the review covered the most cited journals published in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, as well as publications published by top ranked universities in countries and regions where universities are used as the main publishing platforms.
The research mapping included a manual review of key findings and policy proposals published in the top-ranked international relations academic journals and universities and by the top ranked think tanks, covering six languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Publications were coded according to the UN75 Political Declaration commitments (where relevant), sub-topics, author, author’s country of residence, publication date, publisher, language, and abstract.
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).