During a trial period, thousands of people from 189 countries submitted ballots, the United Nations said in a release Tuesday. Improving education appeared to be their top priority, followed by their lives, honest and responsive government, healthcare, water, sanitation, and job and food security.
Corinne Woods, director of the U.N. Millennium Goals, said partnerships with businesses and non-government organizations to increase participation in the survey are critical to its success. Participants can vote online and in some countries by cellphone or paper ballots.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon released a video aimed at encouraging participation: "Vote and tell us what issues matter most to you and your family. Make a difference. Mark a difference."
U.S. actress and activist Mia Farrow, Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva, marathon champion Paul Tergat and Indian actor and producer Aamir Khan have all become involved in the campaign to get people to participate in the survey.