Rio+20, Past & Future Summits and Bangladesh


Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
International communities are seemingly echoing the English Poet William Butler Yeats while organizing international conferences in the recent past and there is little hope for the future international summits to succeed. Look at the Kyoto Protocol and Bali, WTO Uruguay, Doha round, Climate Change all set to be failed because the carbon culprits, actors, stakeholders were neither present at the conference nor sincere in action. They are not signing the protocol; even if they sign they don’t ratify. The latest summit Rio+20 has not delivered what many of us had expected. Twenty years after the world committed itself to increased efforts to tackle inequality, hunger and environmental destruction at the first Earth Summit, we seem to be moving in the wrong direction.

Not only the summits are failing they are simultaneously failing the United Nations as most of them are held under the auspices of the UN. Even the UN resolutions are failing over the years. May be the failures of these international summits are part of the conspiracy/plan to fail, foil and ultimately dissolve the present United Nations to revive a ‘New World Order’.
Planning without data sounds impossible
What hell is Rio+20 doing over in Brazil that wraps up on 22nd June? It ends with a promise of 175 billion dollar for poverty reduction. Keeping the indispensable data out of purview any international conference is sure to fail no matter how nicely the summit was orchestrated. Arbitration is impossible without the presence of the parties involved and if you are a party to a conflict you are not eligible to arbitrate. Without a complete knowledge you can’t do anything properly. Holistic approach to world wealth for poverty alleviation is ignored. How much resource does the world have?
For planning your own family budget what do you do? Does it ever happen that you don’t know the amount of money you have with which you have to allocate funds for your expenditure. Perhaps you will check the amount of money you have in your pocket. Let us know from the world leaders how much money do the world have. If you ask what is total population on the planet. Anyone who reads newspaper will tell there are 700 crore people quoting the World Bank census and no one will object. But can anyone of the literate guys tell much money or resources or wealth does the world have? How much total land on the planet? What is per capita land in the world? How much electricity is produced in the world? How much gas or petroleum is extracted from mines all over the world? For the planners these fact sheets are is as important as water to a fish. I am sure none of the Bilderberg group, the Freemasons, the Illuminati, and dynasties such as the English royal family, the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds will come up with answer. Who knows the answer? Any economist, any planning expert, any world leader? I doubt if any common people knew s/he would have come forward to answer the question. Without these data a planner cannot work.
Wealth concentration & poverty alleviation cannot go together
When distribution of wealth is not nothing will be sustainable. Without stopping looting, pilferage, leaks, misuses, you cannot fill a bottle. A bottomless basket, a term Henry Kissinger coined to cite the example of Bangladesh in its post-independence era, cannot be filled in. The organisers like Rio+20 summit on sustainable development keep the stakeholders in the dark about the concentration of wealth. When new technologies are being invented to replace a large number of workforce or manual labour unemployment rate is sure to soar up. Four poor labourers are losing job in every hour the multinational corporates are replacing a launderer with a washing machine, a messenger or a post office with a mobile phone, a sweeper with an automatic sweeper, domestic help with a dish washer etc. Scientific inventions are most welcome but the dividend of scientific activities must be shared with labourers dismissed from jobs and others. Governments have to act, monitor the welfare of the people.
Thanks to the happy gadget users who are equally elated about a new robot what will replace his poor relative doing all the household chores. On top of that media, mostly financed by the corporates and conglomerates, become hell bent to give coverage to the newly-invented gadgets. With the money saved from employing minimum labour the companies invest money in promotion. The lower the quality of the product, the higher the competence of the marketer. The quality of the goods is in inverse proportion to the talents of the marketers. A substandard product can be marketed by highly talented officers as the sub standard products are packed in beautiful foils. When you compromise with quality of a produce and the academic background of brand promotion officer, you will be destroyed. It is reported that in this way every hour 1 lakh dollar is being concentrated with the multinational corporates, leaving four families to lose jobs.
Need 400 crore jobs not 40 crore
Those, who speak with forked tongue, are necessarily cheat, persons of double standard and bundle of contradictions. If you look at the employments created by the multinational corporates except some retailing businesses like Walmart most of the two thousand corporates have got not more than two lakh jobs. That means the corporation owners who enjoy most of the wealth of the world could have employed not more than 40 crore. Whereas the world needs at least 400 crore jobs to provide 700 crore sons and daughters of Adam (A). According to Bangladesh report ‘Agriculture still accounts for just under half the total labour force of the country including both farmers themselves and employed farm workers. Many of them take to non-farm jobs in agricultural lean seasons for additional income. Indeed, rural non-farm and urban informal sectors account for a large number of workers who are often self-employed; but the number of wage earners is increasing in these sectors, given that these operations are increasing in size and using improved or new technologies.’

Not corporatisation but agriculture and education can be an answer
So agriculture, which once provided more than ninety percent of employment in the beginning of the century should be patronized, giving the highest amount of budget.
United Nations Development Fund has given the technical assistance to UN member countries to make the National Report on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
Anyone, going through the Bangladesh’s national report, can make sense that the report is highly worded, lacking basic guidelines addressing the core sectors like education and agriculture. It lacks guidelines on how to train 10 crore people under 30 to turn them into manpower. How can Bangladesh train its 60 per cent of the population under 40 with only 49 polytechnic institutes which can enroll 67000 students. You will be wondered to know that among teaching posts fifty percent are vacant. Among 14 lakh SSC examinees less than one lakh students are from technical education and the result is obvious— less than ten percent people are mid level engineers in Bangladesh whereas 60pc people are mid-level engineers in Japan and Germany.
Bangladeshis are growing to be grocers
On the other hand commerce education is on the rise as the science education on the wane. The science education produces some scientist, engineers, chemists, pharmacists etc who initiate to manufacture products which are needed to be marketed which are done by professionals with commerce education and in between for administration and service sector you need some professional with humanities background. These three educations complete a cycle. There should be balanced student intakes in these types of education. There needs a plan, coordination and budgeting.
Last but not the least some looters or plunderers can’t draft anti-looting laws, governments de facto lobbyists of giant manufacturers can help decentralize and distribute the wealth through justice as a group of smoker lawmakers can’t draft anti-smoking law; even if draft can’t enforce the law implemented by a set of smoker police personnel. Only people’s party whose electoral funds were not raised by the local as well as international corporates or conglomerate can aptly make such summits and conferences successful.

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