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Ending poverty, most vital need: WEF survey
November 05, 2004 18:17 IST
More than four out of 10 citizens of the world (44%) agree that the eradication of poverty and hunger is the most important priority for the world, according to a new Voice of the People survey, carried out for the World Economic Forum, by Gallup International.
This priority is shared in all regions, leading the agenda in all countries with only a very few exceptions. More than 50,000 people in over 60 countries across the world, were asked which of the UN Millennium Development Goals, which all UN Member States have pledged to meet by 2015, is the most important goal for the world as a whole.
Commenting on the findings, Meril James , Secretary General of Gallup International said, "Our unique survey of global public opinion demonstrates broad agreement with the Millennium Goals which were set but it is now up to the worlds' leaders to deliver these goals."
Most important goals for the world as a whole were:
The results of the survey were released in Brazil , at the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship's Global Summit 2004, taking place from November 4 to 6 in Campinas.
"We gather the best social entrepreneurs in the world. All of them without exception are tackling the Millennium Goals through social innovation, often in a more effective manner than governments and corporations, who could learn from their approaches," said Pamela Hartigan, Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation.
Other findings of the survey:
Gallup International's unique annual survey Voice of the People interviews more than 50,000 people in more than 60 countries around the world, representing the views and attitudes of more than 1 billion global citizens. Fieldwork was conducted between June and August 2004.