In my previous post, I had reported on what were the latest and greatest results from a United Nations (UN) sponsored survey of the world’s priorities.
Readers may recall that “Action taken on climate change” had garnered a mere 1.7 million votes i.e. it was the very bottom of the list of respondents’ sixteen possible choices:
This bottom of the list position is where “Action taken on climate change” has been since I first stumbled across this survey, circa June 2013.
Those who chose to cast their ballots were told that (inter alia):
the era of making decisions about global issues behind closed doors with little citizen involvement was coming to an end.
And no less a personnage than UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, had issued a press release in which he had declared that this “incredibly rich source of information about what people want” would be:
[…]shared with Mr. Ban, his High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and world leaders.
Yesterday, Mr. Ban met with four youth volunteers who are capturing communities’ development priorities and called on the public to make a difference on the issues that impact their lives the most.
These inputs, along with those from across the UN system and beyond, including the outcomes of consultations going on worldwide and the voices of businesses, academia and the scientific community, will feed into the work of the Panel, which will present its report in May**
** Presumably in May 2015, although no year was stated. Yet a few days ago, my mouse and I had stumbled across:
The largest ever global citizen consultation on climate and energy. On June 6, beginning at dawn in the Pacific Islands and ending at dusk in the West Coast of the United States, citizens around the world took part in the largest ever public consultation on climate change and energy. [my bold -hro]
You can probably take your pick as to whether or not there were 97 countries participating as per this video (Warning: this 12+ minute video comes equipped with commercials and subtitles!)
or 104 whatevers as per the pic in the following tweet:
Here’s a link to the English version of the survey. One thing I will give them credit for is that for each of the questions, covered by the five themes (of which three pertained to “climate”), “Don’t know / Do not wish to answer” was an option!
I haven’t taken the time to download and review the results, yet. And I may not even bother:-) But I’d certainly like to know the math that was used which led the powers that be at the UNEP to conclude that the views of 10,000 people from (presumably) 97 countries supercede – and are more deserving of far more hype and mention than – those of over 8 million people worldwide.