Back to Square One. Or Rather Two? Bonn Climate Conference

Back to Square One. Or Rather Two? Bonn Climate Conference

The moments of ‘déjà vu’ for international climate meetings are coming as frequently as extreme weather events. But the world is ever ready for negotiations. The moments of ‘déjà vu’ for international climate meetings are coming more frequently, than before.But these déjà vu moments are important for the world community simply because they serve as remembrance of the grave future. The frequency of déjà vu moments in climate meetings are also giving rise to growing complexities and entanglement of the issues, problems, and above all the agenda of the meetings themselves. Take for example the Bonn Climate Change Conference under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Conference that has opened this week in Bonn, Germany is bundle of mind boggling meetings. Hold your breath, here is the list : twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23), the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as...
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MDGs lesson:They did not reach universities.This project takes SDGs exactly there. Where young minds are moulded to implement them.

MDGs lesson:They did not reach universities.This project takes SDGs exactly there. Where young minds are moulded to implement them.

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, 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 all 197 countries , on 25th September 2015, adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), post-MDGs. Their implementation was launched on...
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Laboratory for Smart Cities: Indian experiment going global

Laboratory for Smart Cities: Indian experiment going global

“For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families,” 33-year-old, self-made, fifth richest man of the world Marc Zuckerberg, wrote“For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families,” 33-year-old, self-made, fifth richest man of the world Marc Zuckerberg, wrote in his 6000-word letter published on his Facebook page early this year.  “With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community – for supporting us, for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all,” he wrote. Faces of youth in today’s world may not be as good as they look on Facebook posts; however, the images in the story-book of this young community are full of promises, adventures and even anxieties. Half a century ago in 1968, the protests and revolutionary upsurge by students in the western world still echo threats to the edifice of insensitive...
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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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