You cannot Manage what you cannot measure: lessons from MDGs

You cannot Manage what you cannot measure: lessons from MDGs

Global Goals Work, but there are lessons to learn. Example SDG 4 on Education. Technology and Ecosystem has changed. The first ever global movement for ‘inclusive development’ in the history of human civilization was launched by United Nations at the dawn of 21st century when, in year 2000. In its General Assembly consisting of all of 196 countries UN adopted eight Millennium Development Goals MDGs) . The very second goal of the pack of the MDGs was to “Achieve universal primary education”.  That indeed was challenging and formidable goal considering that the global enrolment in primary school in 2000 was only 83 percent. The final review report of MDGs in 2015, when MDGs were to be finally achieved, declared that the global enrolment had reached 91 percent.  The target of 100 percent was narrowly missed but the point was made that “the global goals under United Nations do work!’. UN General Assembly of...
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Now is the time to hedge climate change: Breaking News is now about Breaking Away of Largest Iceberg

Now is the time to hedge climate change: Breaking News is now about Breaking Away of Largest Iceberg

The real ‘breaking news’ of this century is ‘breaking away of  Antarctica’s fourth largest ice shelf Larsen C from its mother continent . Exceptionally high temperatures are a major cause of this fracture. In spite of being a moot point for a couple of centuries, climate change has raised many concerns in the recent decades. Many international conferences continue to deal  with the issue on an urgent basis. These alarmist tendencies have come with the dawning realisation of the irreversible impact that climate change can and will definitely continue to incubate. Melting ice signifies impending disaster The ‘breaking news’ about Antarctica’s fourth largest ice shelf Larsen C measuring 48,600 square km, irreversibly breaking away from its mother continent has recently fluttered in. Exceptionally high temperatures are a major cause of this fracture. Further, the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reported a dramatic collapse of smaller parts, Larsen A and B. Larsen C...
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Mongolia : Of Horses, dunes and Nomads

  Vastly remembered as the land of the Mongol plunderers and Genghis Khan in history, Mongolia that had been under the influence of the neighboring countries China and Russia until 1990's is opening to the rest of the world. By Rajendra Shende A flight route from Frankfurt to Beijing goes exactly over Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, where pilot would take a light southwardly turn towards the inner Mongolia to proceed later to Beijing. Early morning when I would get up, during my more than two-dozen visits to China, on the left side, 10 kms below I would gaze through window to see tiny spots of Ulaanbaatar. I could clearly see the west-east route of trans-Siberian railway and Tuul, the river around which the city is established. Sipping Indian tea offered early in the morning by the air hostess, my memories of visits to Mongolia would descend on Tuul river banks, Gandan monastery on...
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OECD needs to transit to “OECSD” :Going Beyond GDP and Embracing SDGs-

OECD needs to transit to “OECSD” :Going Beyond GDP and Embracing SDGs-

Looking in the history: 7 decades back 8th May 2015 marked the 70th Anniversary of end of World War II. That day, in 1945, heralded a peace and stability for the Europe. Rapid economic recovery   that followed through Marshall Plan provided to dilapidate Europe a generous grant of nearly 5 % of the USA’s GDP at that time. It was over and above 5 % of the aid that USA was already providing to Europe . What followed during the years of Europe’s progress was the stark realization of the over-exploitation of the natural resources for the rapid economic recovery invoked the reflection and debate on the economy, measured by GDP, as against development, measured by Human Development Index (HDI). That is the time in 1961, when Organization for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC), set up in 1948, was reformed into Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Unfortunately, Greedy Development Process- sarcastically...
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