UN Global Climate Survey

The biggest-ever climate survey has been recently conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The “UN Climate Survey” or the “People’s Climate Vote” poll results show that people are in support of more comprehensive climate policies.

Key Points

  • UNDP conducted the climate survey covering 50 countries and surveyed 1.2 million people.
  • The target audience included more than half a million people under the age of 18 years.
  • The survey asked the people that whether they regard climate change as a global emergency or not and how much support they offer to the 18 major climate policies across 6 action areas: protecting people, economy, transport, energy, food and farms, and nature.
  • The polling experts at the University of Oxford weighted the huge samples collected during the UN Climate survey.
  • As per the results of the survey, around two-thirds of 1.2 million people regard climate change as a global emergency.
  • As per the survey, younger people (under 18) were more likely to regard climate change as an emergency.
  • 65% of people aged 18-35 regarded climate change as an emergency. In addition to this 66% aged 36-59; and 58% over 60 also affirmed climate change as an emergency.
  • The survey also found that education is also directly related to the desire for climate action.
  • Greater recognition of the climate emergency was found among those who had attended university or college in all nations, from lower-income countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (82 percent) and Bhutan (82 percent) to wealthy countries such as Japan (82 percent) and France (87 percent).
  • The survey results also show that people support broad climate policies.
  • This survey was conducted to prepare negotiations for the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties, COP26 to be held in November 2021 in Glasgow.


It is a global development network of the United Nations. It was formed in the year 1965. The programme promotes investment and technical cooperation between the countries. It provides grants, training, and support to the developing countries and has a major focus on the least developed countries.