Monday, 27 April 2009

Sunday, 26 April 2009

What are the Millennium Development Goals?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world's main development challenges. The MDGs are drawn from the actions and targets contained in the Millennium Declaration that was adopted by 189 nations-and signed by 147 heads of state and governments during the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000.
The eight MDGs break down into 21 quantifiable targets that are measured by 60 indicators.
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
The MDGs:
synthesise, in a single package, many of the most important commitments made separately at the international conferences and summits of the 1990s;
recognise explicitly the interdependence between growth, poverty reduction and sustainable development; acknowledge that development rests on the foundations of democratic governance, the rule of law, respect for human rights and peace and security;
are based on time-bound and measurable targets accompanied by indicators for monitoring progress; and bring together, in the eighth Goal, the responsibilities of developing countries with those of developed countries, founded on a global partnership endorsed at the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico in March 2002, and again at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development in August 2002.
Implementation of the MDGs:
In 2001, in response to the world leaders' request, UN Secretary General presented the Road Map Towards the Implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration, an integrated and comprehensive overview of the situation, outlining potential strategies for action designed to meet the goals and commitments of the Millennium Declaration.The road map has been followed up since then with annual reports. In 2002, the annual report focused on progress made in the prevention of armed conflict and the treatment and prevention of diseases, including HIV/AIDS and Malaria. In 2003, emphasis was placed on strategies for development and strategies for sustainable development. In 2004, it was on bridging the digital divide and curbing transnational crime.
In 2005, the Secretary-General prepared the first comprehensive five-yearly report on progress toward achieving the MDGs The report reviews the implementation of decisions taken at the international conferences and special sessions on the least developed countries, progress on HIV/AIDS and financing for development and sustainable development.
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Friday, 24 April 2009

Building that rotates

What a miracle of modern architecture ! It is being designed for Dubahi, where not only the top floor of skyscrapper rotates, but each floor rotates as programmed. This is the first digital building going to be constructed soon which more beautiful, more demanding and more environmentally friendly ! You are requested to watch it and thank the Italian designer!

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Thursday, 23 April 2009

Interview with Prachanda by FINNISH Media

"We are committed to multiparty democracy, freedom of press and rule of law..."


In this interview with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal printed in the Wednesday edition of the Finnish newsmagazine, Suomen Kuvalehti, Katri Merikallio asks him about his commitment to democracy, the free press and the future of the peace process.
FROM ISSUE #446 (10 APRIL 2009 - 16 APRIL 2009)
Suomen Kuvalehti: How would you describe your past seven months in power?
Pushpa Kamal Dahal: Everybody knows that we are going through a very delicate and sensitive transition period. We have many challenges, but altogether I can conclude that things are going ahead step by step, facing many twists and turns, in the process of drafting a new democratic constitution.
What would be your three main challenges?
Peace, until and unless this unique and homegrown peace process is not concluded there is always the danger of instability and anarchy. We need to take this historic peace process to its logical conclusion. The second challenge is to build a consensus between all the political parties. We have broad areas of agreement on the form of democracy, human rights, rule of law, independent judiciary and freedom of press, but there are some issues where we still need to agree: what kind of federalism we need, how power will be shared between autonomous regions, differences on the issue of form of governance. The third challenge is that the people have very high expectations from the change and we have to meet them.
In some aspects fighting the war was easier than handling the democratic governance process. But both have their own characteristics, and you can't really compare. I am fully confident that we will take the peace process forward and draft the constitution in the stipulated timeframe.
There are reports of continued intimidation, and violence is on the increase. Some of this is being blamed on your party.
I cannot agree with this statement. This is highly exaggerated. It is correct that we are having a very delicate transition period ? there are so many remnants from the previous conflict and we cannot eradicate it overnight. If you look at peace processes elsewhere in the world our peace process is much smoother. There are some unwanted activities and we are committed to punish the guilty and end impunity. In some media problems have been highly exaggerated.
What about the tensions within your own party?
To lead the revolution into a peaceful process and to hold elections and then to lead the government within a very short span of time is miraculous. But we have transformed not just our party but the whole society. Naturally there are different tendencies within my party extreme left, extreme right, vacillation tendency but overall the pragmatic more dialectic and realistic tendency is now dominant. The extremist tendency has been defeated.
If you look at the future which kind of governance model would you prefer: Korea, China or India?
I don't want to compare ourselves with anyone, but we have to learn from the negative and positive aspects of other revolutions during the 20th century. It is our conclusion that without multiparty democracy we can't serve the people and humanity. For now we have to cooperate that with other parliamentary parties.There should be no serious doubt about out commitment to multiparty democracy, freedom of press and rule of law. During the insurgency, I have praised the media and spoken out against the feudal autocracy trying to suppress the media.
But the Committee to Protect Journalists says Nepal is still one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists and no one has been arrested. It is unfortunate that even during the peace process a number of journalists have been killed, but it is not correct that no one has been arrested or punished. In some cases I, myself, took the initiative to capture some people to be handed over to police custody, and the case is going in the court. In one case, in the Tarai of Birendra Sah the killing was not related to our party. Recently, there was the case of Uma Singh, and here also the accused are in jail or some are underground, they were not related to any party. It was proved that this was related to property, a family dispute. It is wrong to say that nothing has been done. It is an exaggeration. The government is fully committed to end impunity.
Yourself, how Maoist are you?
(Laughs) Very interesting question. I always understood Marxism, Leninism, Maoism as a social struggle, and that conflict analysis is the soul of social science. All the great leaders of the proletariat, Marx, Engels, Lenin and Mao said that nothing should be mechanically copied from one revolution or one country. We have to analyse the situation and understand the dynamics of change. If you mechanically copy what Mao did in China then you're not a real Maoist. There are some who want to dogmatically apply what Mao did, but China itself has changed.
How about the Maoist movement in India?
Revolutions can't be exported or imported. What they do in India is solely their responsibility. There are some communist parties in India ? some are extremely left and some extremely right. When I took the path of multiparty democracy and embarked on the peace process there was serious debate within the Maoists in India about whether they should follow the Maoists in Nepal or not. There are some people in the Maoist movement in India who oppose us and say we have abandoned revolution, but there are those who say that what Prachanda is doing is correct and that we should learn from his experience.
What are your expectations with the visit to Finland?
I am fully satisfied with the trend of cooperation. There is tremendous and big change going on in Nepal and the people have high expectations. I hope that cooperation can be enhanced particularly in education and forestry, not just in conservation but also the commercial use of forests. We also expect more help and cooperation in the constitution drafting process. We would also like to encourage investment in the IT sector.
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Monday, 20 April 2009

What is different between Goettingen and Motherland !

This is the small movie clip taken at Bovenden Castle, where we were talking about the differences between Goettingen and Motherland. Let's see the personal views about it !

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Saturday, 18 April 2009

Fighting Climate Change for the Sake of Poor

By Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri
Chairman, IPCC
Nobel Prize winner for peace, 2007
Over the last 18 months or so there has been a major surge in the spread of public understanding on the subject of climate change, particularly in respect of human actions being a cause for changes in the earth’s climate system. However, this increase in awareness has not yet translated into action at the global level to bring about a reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), the increased concentration of which has now increasingly affected the earth’s climate. The impacts of climate change are particularly harmful for some of the poorest societies on earth. For this and other reasons the human race must develop sensitivity to the growing disparities of income and wealth across the globe, particularly since information flows are now instantaneous and universal. As a result, those who are deprived and underprivileged not only get to find out about opulence in other parts of the world, but actually see images on television of what they perceive as luxurious lifestyles among the rich in other countries. These images fuel high aspirations and desires for similar levels of consumption, leading to large-scale frustration and even anger. Those who have negative designs often use this anger to create movements that are directed towards destruction, including terrorism.
Climate change, as the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) clearly brings out exacerbates the already serious problems of lack of water and the existence of widespread hunger and poor health conditions that exist in many parts of the world. The AR4 has projected that by as early as 2020 between 75 to 250 million people in Africa would suffer from water stress as a consequence of climate change. In some countries of Africa agricultural yields are likely to decline by 50 percent by the same year. It must be noted that these conditions would be reached as an intensification of extreme hardships that several countries are facing already as a result of the sharp increase in global food prices and the growing imbalance between global food production and demand.
If we wish to avoid some of these harmful impacts of climate change and the major disruptions in stability and peace that may occur as a result, we would need to urgently reduce the emissions of GHGs particularly in the developed countries, as clearly laid down in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A strong rationale for mitigation measures also lies in the fact that these would carry a range of co-benefits such as lower levels of air pollution, which would lead to improved health, a larger measure of energy security as well as the creation of employment through, for instance, greater use of decentralized renewable energy systems in several parts of the world. The inertia and opposition to these measures has to be overcome urgently, and this is where public awareness on the reality of climate change and its expression through a demand for action in democratic systems of government can make a strong difference.
(Courtesy: UNDP/Oct, 2008)
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Friday, 17 April 2009

MERO NEPAL, Yo Hamro Nepal............

Very nice pop song about the affection towards nepal ...

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Monday, 13 April 2009

Celebration of Nepalese New Year in Goettingen

These are the some photos of Nepalese New Year (2066) Celebration at Goettingen, Germany.
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Saturday, 11 April 2009

Wish you very very HAPPY NEW YEAR

On the occasion of NeW YeAr 2066, I would like to extend our deepest affection and honour to our country and people. Similarly, we would like to wish all the best for all of our readers ! I hope and pray for the wonderful New Year in your life, all your happinesses become double, all your problems and stresses below null.
Let's pray for the peace, prosperity and unity of nation and people!

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Friday, 10 April 2009

Member's Article in International Journal

Today, looking through the website, I found an interesting article about nepalese livestock sector in reputed international Journal, Livestock Research for Rural Development.
The title of article is "Gender aspects in livestock farming: pertinent issues for sustainable livestock development in Nepal" The main author of the article is Dr. Lok Nath Paudel. The link for the article is http://www.lrrd.org/lrrd21/3/paud21040.htm
To publish any article in the international journal like it is not the easy task. For this, Dr. Paudel has worked hard. We would like to congratulate him for this success ! We are expecting many more successes in his path ahead!
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Thursday, 9 April 2009

Brot Museum or Bread Museum in Goettingen, Germany !










This is one of the must to see place around Goettingen. This is the BrotMuseum (meaning Bread Museum). In this place, they are displaying the process of bread making. They used to show to the children about how the bread comes from. From raising wheat to miling and baking processes are kept in the display. They have seen the history of bread making, wind mill and so. Inside the musuem, they have displayed some bread from remote past. In a nutshell, it is nice place to see. The museum is located at Ebergötzen, which is around 15 kilometer east from Goettingen on the way to Dammerstadt. Find the official website of the musuem: http://www.brotmuseum.de/
Thank you !
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Wednesday, 8 April 2009

GÖ - Challenge in April!

I wonder whether some of you may believe that some members of GöNeS are running for Göttingen City Marathon- "Göttinger Frühjahrs-Volkslauf" on the 19 April. It is one of the major GÖ - Challenge activities in the city.

GöNeS members may registered their interest for 2km, 5km, and 10km circuit under http://www.goettinger-fruehjahrs-volkslauf.de/ . We change the world in different ways- by education, sport and spirit. Happy Easter time! Read more...

Slogans Chanting in Loktantrik Movement 2006

Today is the historic day of democratic movement. On this day, the multiparty democracy was restored first time in Nepal. The movement for democracy in 1990 was ended with the glorious victory of people on Chaitra 26. To remember this great day, I have posted this movie clip however it is taken from JANA ANDOLAN II, still it is seemed relevant to recall the victory of peole upon Monarchism.

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Sunday, 5 April 2009

A talk by Rajendra KC- Politics, Problems and Prospects of New Nepal- a Photo Presentation

Rajendraji delivered an excellent talk on the 5th of April. Above is the group photo of the satisfied GöNeS People after the talk.

** LIVE Broadcast **
This Talk will be broadcasted Live on the Internet for the first time (as a pilot event)- if you are interested to watch the Live Broadcast of this talk, please send your interest to: rkc_nep@yahoo.com

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GöNeS is going to organize a talk on "Politics, Problems and Prospects of New Nepal- a Photo Presentation" on Sunday, 5th of April 2009. Mr. Rajendra KC is the key speaker of this talk. He will present a brief note about his perspectives on New Nepal based on his current trip to Nepal. Mr. KC is the Forest Geneticist by profession, and currently works as a Researcher at the Buesgen Institute- Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding Section of the Forestry Faculty at the University of Goettingen, Germany. He holds multidisciplinary degrees such as a good first division in MA Sociology and is a multi-talent personality. It is to note that he is one of the most dedicated forest officers at the department of forestry in Nepal. In Göttingen he is not active, but proactive in all issues which connects Nepal and Nepalese. GöNeS is proud to host this sensational talk program lead by Mr. Rajendra KC.

A photographic presentation will follow an intensive discussion and contribution by the participants. Just a short note- April 5th is the week of Ram Navami festival. With the same token, on behalf of GoNeS, we extend all of you our best wishes for love, energy and happiness in your personal, social and professional life.

Venue: Albrecht-Thaer-Weg (at Rajendraji's place)
Time: 15:00-18:00hrs

The talk will be facilitated by Mr. Bharat Budhthapa, MSc student at the University of Goettingen in MSc program, Tropical and International Forestry (TIF). Read more...

Friday, 3 April 2009

Nice Art by Dilasha Pandey

Dilasha is just seven years old but showing the great sign of being good artist. When she was in Goettingen, she used to prepare many arts such as paper art, drawings and such other. This time she prepared nice picture of Sea and Yacht in the visiting card to send it to her friend Ravi and Avi. We hope many more arts from her in coming days!

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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Then Crown Prince Deependra in Rocking Mood

Deependra Shah was participating in close circle get together. In the movie he is seen as singing and dancing.

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