A Series of Articles About the Recent Open Forum with Lord Jack McConnell of Glenscorrodale
So all of you know about the past few posts (although I admit, painfully few) about the United Nations I have here and how I advocate them trying to make this world a little less full of clusterfuck than it already is.
And yes, I am aware of the language I use here, people. Trust me, when I go all: “and it is certain that the sustainability of these solutions will only be put into effect once all partner nations – to be exact, the North and the South-” I will personally pull this blog off the net. I don’t do things that way. At least, not anymore.
So recently I was invited to an open forum with Lord Jack McConnell of Glenscorrodale, to discuss post 2015 development plans. Aside from having a strong Scottish accent and a friendly demeanor, Lord McConnell (which henceforth shall I call with his “Lord” title because I personally think it’s awesome,) he’s Scotland’s first Minister, and in general, one of the people trying to make this word a better place.
I am the guy in black with the white earphones (and no, I am not planning the murder of Lord McConnell in my head)
Ahem. Back to topic. Seriously.
Please note that from here on now, I will be talking as if you already have an idea of the MDG’s and how significant they are exactly to the future of humanity. And no, that is not a figure of speech- they really are signifcant. If not, you can click this link so you can familiarize yourself with them.
Now, despite how important the MDGs are and their looming deadline (2015 folks!!!) the obvious question is what comes after. We are designed to move forward after all, and I can only wish that we can clean up all the shit we need to clean up before this year is over. And I’m only talking about the Philippines here. Between two storms, the declaration of independence – I mean, the Bangasmoro Arrangement, – we’ve had quite the 2013. And now it’s 2014, and while I’m not going to say that it looks grim, it’s certainly not sure as to where do we go from here. So how will the rest of the world fare?
Hopefully not doing this.
But still, hope springs eternal, and being prepared is always good. Might as well have a plan. That’s where Beyond 2015 comes in. Part of the Global Development Framework but beyond MDG’s, it aims for a “strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millenium Development Goals.”
Why does it exist?
Well, obviously because it has to. This way, the world (or at least, those who care) could both meet the MDG deadlines by next year, while at the same time creating a suitable framework for what happens afterward. I will give the links to all relevant information at the end of this article.
Aside from being a ton of help to all concerned, it addresses two specific issues that the MDGs failed to do so. I’ll be building on what Lord McConnell said at the forum on the next parts, but most of it is my own personal opinion.
The MDGs were drafted in New York by what I assume is a comprehensive team assembled by the United Nations to evaluate the things that the world would need to move forward. While I sure they mean well, Lord McConnell raised a point that I already thought of as well:
While the MDGs were made in the interests of the ENTIRE WORLD, the ENTIRE WORLD was not involved. Indigenous peoples. 3rd world countries. LGBT representatives. The list goes on. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing the MDGs. They are wonderful generalizations of what we must do in order for us to improve the general… well, you know, world. But they are generalizations. And Lord McConnell and I agree that MDG’s failed, or at least lacked on these two important points:
1) That the MDGs were more or less done in a bubble,
2) That the lack of commitment by the world at large leads to more than a few problems in its execution.
So comes to my point:
This is why Beyond 2015 exists, ladies and gentlemen and cats and dogs. Change (or anything really) can never exist in a vaccum. You can’t just make plans for the betterment of mankind in a room and expect it to stay or even be operated from there. Despite what they say about the world being small, it’s still pretty damn big for just one thing made in one room in one specific location to cover.
Also hopefully not like this.
The world needs dialogue (which I will cover in the next post about the contents of that forum) because what we’re talking about is the world. Despite being headed by an Executive Committee that governs the entire Beyond2015 movement, it’s ridiculous to assume that they alone will be determining how this goes on. I mean seriously, you’re going to leave your future in the hands of people in suits you don’t even know?
Not that I have any ill will against those people in suits. (Lord McConnell himself being exhibit A.) I’m just encouraging everyone to please, PLEASE have their say in the matter. It is your tomorrow, after all- it’s your Beyond 2015.
And may I point out I worked really hard on that ending okay huhu D:
Part 2 is now up!