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Vote for the changes that would make the most difference to your world

The United Nations and partners want to hear from YOU! MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. Tell us about the world you want, because your voice matters.

How It Works?

MY World asks individuals which six of sixteen possible issues they think would make the most difference to their lives. The sixteen issues have been built up following an extensive analysis and consultation exercise:

  • The survey was designed as an options survey, rather than an ëopen question’ survey because MY World’s particular purpose within the UN’s wider global consultation effort about post-2015 is to offer insights about people’s priorities.
  • An initial list of twenty four issues was drawn up from a variety of important sources, including participatory research, polling, civil society inputs , the Millennium Development Goals and plans for Sustainable Development Goals. The options were then refined to sixteen choices through numerous rounds of consultations, with NGOs, policy makers, academics, UN staff and expert opinion polling companies. The survey has also been tested on pilot groups, and through an SMS survey in Uganda to ensure that the sixteen options are comprehensive and appropriate.
  • To capture any recurring themes which may have been missed, participants can also enter their own priority through an additional ëadd your own option’ choice.
  • The MY World survey cannot cover everything that is important to citizens because not all problems can be tackled through global goals. However, the range of priorities that goals could address and which we know are important to people, have been included.

The MY World survey can be accessed through THREE main channels:

  • Online: at in the six UN official languages and through social media;
  • Mobile phone technologies (available from January 2013): via SMS and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) through toll-free phone numbers; and
  • Offline (available from December 2012): in paper form by way of a ballot – distributed through a network of grass roots organizations, faith communities, youth groups, private sector bodies and NGO partners around the world.

The survey is anonymous. Participants will only be asked their gender, age and country, to allow meaningful analysis of the data so that we can present an accurate global picture of what citizens think to decision makers.

Data from mobile phones, website and offline surveys will be continuously consolidated and available on the MY World website.

Results from the website, mobile phone and offline surveys will be submitted to the Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Post-2015 before their meetings in Monrovia (February), Bali (March) and New York (May) 2013.

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