World Map of Post-2015 Conversations on Twitter

  • A good education
  • Access to clean water and sanitation
  • Action taken on climate change
  • Affordable and nutritious food
  • An honest and responsive government
  • Better healthcare
  • Better job opportunities
  • Better transport and roads
  • Equality between men and women
  • Freedom from discrimination
  • Phone and internet access
  • Political freedoms
  • Protecting forests rivers and oceans
  • Protection against crime and violence
  • Reliable energy at home
  • Support for people who can't work

What is this?

In the year 2000, world leaders at the United Nations agreed to a global development framework known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Eight in total, with accompanying indicators and targets, the MDGs provided a roadmap to halve poverty worldwide by 2015, focusing attention and investment on 8 particular targets.

As we near the 2015 deadline, the UN, in partnership with civil society and the private sector is undergoing a process to reflect on the MDGs, and develop a new global framework for the future. As part of the Post-2015 planning process, the UN has been reaching out to the global public for input through consultation meetings, surveys and more.

As a supplemental exercise, Global Pulse and the Millennium Campaign worked to demonstrate the potential of big data and visual analytics as a truly 21st century way of unearthing which global development topics everyday people are concerned about and prioritize, even if they are not involved in the official Post-2015 process.

The interactive visualization shows the 20 countries that have proportionately tweeted the most about each topic. The percentages show the volume of tweets that were generated in that country about the highlighted topic, in comparison to tweets about all the other topics. Thereby giving us insight on where in the world the various Post-2015 issues are talked about the most. For example, it may not be surprising that Indonesia is in the top-20 list for tweeting about "Better transport and roads," as it is a highly populous country with a saturated transport infrastructure.

Post-2015 Twitter Analysis Facts

% women*

* Based on the 44% of tweets where gender was possible to determine from the user's name.

Total Tweets
Tweets with links
Tweets with @mentions
English Tweets
French Tweets
Spanish Tweets
Portuguese Tweets

How was it done?

Mining tweets from all over the world


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Wanted: A Data Revolution
Better data and statistics will help governments track progress and make sure their decisions are evidence-based; they can also strengthen accountability. This is not just about governments. International agencies, CSOs and the private sector should be involved. A true data revolution would draw on existing and new sources of data to fully integrate statistics into decision making, promote open access to, and use of, data and ensure increased support for statistical systems.

-- High Level Report on Post-2015 --

About Global Pulse

Global Pulse is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General, exploring how new, digital data sources and technologies can help policymakers gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being.

Recognizing both the urgent need for real-time information and the extraordinary opportunity “Big Data” represents for global development, Global Pulse functions as UN’s innovation hub, transforming how we use real-time digital data to understand the needs of vulnerable populations and measure the impact of our programs.

Through its headquarters lab in New York and country level Pulse Labs in Jakarta and Kampala – Global Pulse brings together experts from private sector, government, UN and academia to collaborate on joint research, applying Big Data and real-time analytics to global development and resilience challenges.

Read our introductory guide to "Big Data for Development"
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