I was reading a blog today about something someone was a part of. They were a guest on the blog and spit out their experience and observation of what they learned when attending something as a senior fellow. There experience was so enlightening to them they felt like contributing to a blog and the $10 dollar words used to define an issue and relate the feel of the experience was like reading a legal description with more verbiage than is necessary. If you read an EPA policy you will see that they try to use as many $10 words as they can to describe a stick in the water and how it will affect the science and the atmosphere and the impressions of the fish and how the fish feel about it and the affects it will have on the human experience and how the water scientifically flow past it and over it and yadda, yadda, yadda.
The biggest problem I see with every group on the planet is they feel that if they use the language of kings and scholars they will be seen as the educated expert they might very well be. These are the exact reasons why people get board with scientist and politicians. These people do not and will not keep it simple. They will not describe anything in common sense simple terms. It is beneath them to do such a thing. If they only knew???
Under the aegis of the United Nations and the leadership of its Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, the international community is currently preparing the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Member states are key actors in the process which also takes into account civil society, through the Major Groups.
The organizations and people that sign this document are global cultural actors. We are networks of governmental and non-governmental organizations and all work locally and nationally, connecting local communities to globalization. We are active stakeholders in local and national development policies. We believe strongly that culture can aid the fight against poverty and strengthen communities. We have witnessed the progress made in recent years and deem that culture is not only at the centre of the challenges at stake but also an essential component of the answer.
We have written this document to support the efforts that are carried out at a global level. It is a natural step. Only the explicit inclusion of culture in the Post-2015 Development Agenda will enable transformative change. The Post-2015 Development Agenda is a unique opportunity to enshrine internationally what is already a reality in the world.
We share the conviction that the Post-2015 Development Agenda needs to be based on the following four building-blocks:
l A far-reaching vision of the future firmly anchored in human rights and universally accepted values and principles, including those encapsulated in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Millennium Declaration;
l A set of concise goals and targets aimed at realizing the priorities of the agend;
l A global partnership for development to mobilize implementation; and
l A participatory monitoring framework for tracking progress and mutual accountability mechanisms for all stakeholders
We believe that it is important that the goals of the Post-2015 Development Agenda be as specific as possible in laying out a single challenge and ambition. We believe that the focus should be on issues with the greatest impact on sustainable development, measured in terms of the number of people affected, the contribution to social inclusion, and the need to move towards sustainable consumption and production patterns. Culture matches all these criteria. Also, each goal should have ‘knock on’ effect in other areas so that the set of goals, taken together, is truly transformative: culture is important in itself but it also has an enormous impact on the struggle to end poverty, ensure gender equality, improve health outcomes, foster job creation, sustain peaceful societies and good governance. We also believe that each Goal should call to its constituencies, resources, and issues; this we ourselves guarantee in the case of culture.
We therefore call on governments and policy-makers, who are defining the post-2015 UN global development framework and its goals, to seize this unique opportunity, and we request that a specific goal focused on culture, based on heritage, diversity, creativity and the transmission of knowledge, with clear targets and indicators, be included as part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
We are ready to work hard and to convince those who still have doubts. We emphasize our commitment to the success of the process of elaborating a sustainable development agenda and our will to become the best partners in contributing to its implementation.
In other words lets hijack every culture so we can control it!