The globe spins to show the 20 countries that have proportionately talked the most about the highlighted Post-2015 topic on Twitter from August 2012 to now.
The ranking shows the countries with the highest proportion of tweets about the highlighted topic. The percentages refer to the proportion of tweets about the highlighted topic, in relation to tweets about all the other Post-2015 topics, that were generated by that country.
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.
* Based on the 44% of tweets where gender was possible to determine from the user's name.
We looked at the words ordinary people would use on Twitter when talking about opinions, wishes and hopes in everyday language.
We developed an extensive taxonomy of words relevant to the 16 topics above. In total, we monitor 25,000 keywords and combinations of keywords.
We looked at tweets from the whole world, but had to restrict the analysis to English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Data by country is here.
This is an analysis based on Twitter, so your tweets are included if you write in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese, using one of the keywords.
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.
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.
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