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
Twelve commitments adopted by the General Assembly in Resolution 75/1 “Declaration on the commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations”
The ongoing armed conflicts and threats against international peace and security must be urgently resolved through peaceful means. We reiterate the importance of abiding by the Charter, principles of international law and relevant resolutions of the Security Council. International arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament agreements and their architectures need to be upheld. The United Nations must better address all forms and domains of threats. Terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism are serious threats to international peace and security. The diplomatic toolbox of the Charter needs to be used to its full potential, including preventive diplomacy and mediation. We call upon the Secretary-General to enhance this toolbox to prevent the outbreak, escalation and recurrence of hostilities on land, at sea, in space and in cyberspace. We fully support and promote the Secretary-General’s initiative for a global ceasefire. International humanitarian law must be fully respected. To build, keep and sustain peace is now one of the main responsibilities of the United Nations.
The purposes and principles of the Charter and international law remain timeless, universal and an indispensable foundation for a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. We will abide by the international agreements we have entered into and the commitments we have made. We will continue to promote respect for democracy and human rights and to enhance democratic governance and the rule of law by strengthening transparent and accountable governance and independent judicial institutions.
Conflicts will not be resolved, and sustainable development not occur, without the equal and active participation of women at all levels. Human rights can never be fully upheld unless they are also enjoyed by all women and girls. Persistent gender inequalities and abuse, including sexual and gender-based violence, have deprived us of a more just and better world. We will accelerate action to achieve gender equality, women’s participation and the empowerment of women and girls in all domains.
Digital technologies have profoundly transformed society. They offer unprecedented opportunities and new challenges. When improperly or maliciously used, they can fuel divisions within and between countries, increase insecurity, undermine human rights and exacerbate inequality. Shaping a shared vision on digital cooperation and a digital future that show the full potential for beneficial technology usage, and addressing digital trust and security, must continue to be a priority as our world is now more than ever relying on digital tools for connectivity and socioeconomic prosperity. Digital technologies have a potential to accelerate the realization of the 2030 Agenda. We must ensure safe and affordable digital access for all. The United Nations can provide a platform for all stakeholders to participate in such deliberations.
The world of today is very different from what it was when the United Nations was created 75 years ago. There are more countries, more people, more challenges but also more solutions. Our working methods need to keep pace and adapt. We support the ongoing reforms by the Secretary-General. They are creating a more agile, effective and accountable organization that can deliver better in the field and adapt to global challenges. We reiterate our call for reforms of three of the principal organs of the United Nations. We commit to instil new life in the discussions on the reform of the Security Council and continue the work to revitalize the General Assembly and strengthen the Economic and Social Council. The review of the peacebuilding architecture has our full support.
Realizing our aspirations will require sustainable and predictable funding of the Organization. We will pay our assessed contributions in full and on time. Measures to better ensure this should be explored. We will further enhance transparency, accountability and efficient use of resources. The full and timely implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development4 is key for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Joint public-private financing plays a central role in our efforts to make the United Nations deliver better on its purposes.
Today’s challenges require cooperation not only across borders but also across the whole of society. We have to make the United Nations more inclusive and engage with all relevant stakeholders, including regional and subregional organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia and parliamentarians to ensure an effective response to our common challenges.
Growing inequality within and among countries is jeopardizing our efforts to ensure the future we want. Inequality leads to mistrust between countries and to people’s mistrust in institutions of governance. It also contributes to acts of xenophobia, racism, intolerance, hate speech and disinformation. We condemn all such acts. We will address the root causes of inequalities, including violence, human rights abuses, corruption, marginalization, discrimination in all its forms, poverty and exclusion, as well as lack of education and employment. It is our responsibility.
Youth is the missing piece for peace and development. As we benefited from the foresight of the founders of the United Nations, young people today will have to live with the consequences of our action and inaction. For too long, the voices of youth have been sidelined in discussions about their future. This has to change now through meaningful engagement with youth.
The COVID-19 pandemic caught us off guard. It has served as a wake-up call for improving our preparedness for not only health- related crises but also other challenges and crises. We need to strengthen international cooperation, coordination and solidarity. It is important to learn and share experiences and information to reduce risks and make our systems more resilient. While improving our global crisis prevention and response systems, there is an urgent need to accelerate development, production, as well as equitable and affordable global access to new vaccines, medicines and medical equipment. We applaud all health- care and other front-line workers who put their own safety at risk when saving others, and pledge to put people at the centre of our response.
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 dynamic exploration of the quantitative survey data. Use the filters and interact directly with the charts to uncover survey insights. Use the download buttons below the visualisation to download all underlying data (note that this exceeds Excel’s capacity and needs to be opened with alternative tools for data processing) or responses for just one region or country.
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.
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).