WE MADE an interactive data visualization to reveal complex patterns and relationships in the voting results of the UN Security Council resolutions dating back to 1946. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) provided us with a custom dataset containing the voting decisions for the five permanent members since its creation.
THE GOAL was to create an interactive data visualization that could create a snapshot of 73 years worth of decisions based on a country’s choice to vote in favor, against or abstain from a resolution. Additionally, CSIS wanted the visualization to be interactive so users could explore specific data patterns by clicking filters to compare two countries over the years. The U.N. votes on dozens of decisions each year and it can be difficult to track and quantify what these decisions mean. CSIS spent months manually collecting and categorizing this data with the plan to create a comprehensive resource to do that. Each column represents a single year with each resolution represented by a circle. By choosing options from the drop-down menus, the user can change the view, exploring the voting patterns of an individual country, or comparing the similarities and differences between two countries.
In creating the interactive, we effectively summarized every vote ever cast into a powerful and beautiful portrait of over 70 years worth of voting data since United Nations’ inception after World War II.
THE PROJECT focuses on CSIS’s work around China’s rise in global economic and political influence. The project is part of their China Power series. We were even able to create a fully-functional mobile version that can be used on a tiny screen.