What is development integrity all about?   (Published: 17.11.2019)

If the function of sustainable development is not internally coherent and in harmony with the surrounding world, its objectives, choice of means and the results achieved cannot be part of the entity in which the issues and phenomena of change and development materialize. Visions and advanced content breakdowns make change management sustainable.

Cluster 1

The things and phenomena of the physical environment operate on two levels: the low cycle and the high cycle - the first at the individual level and the latter at the universal level. Synergy in the universe is a source of integrity in our consciousness, which must also be considered in communal thinking.

Science and ecology recognize the duality of energy and water. As part of sustainable development, integrity is part of the process of enhancing efficiency through internal efficiency in the use of energy and the small circulation of other natural materials, products and water as part of a high cycle of water.

Cluster 2

In social development, individuality and community represent the duality of the physical world. The individual's cognitive, history consciousness, health and well-being, as well as acceptance of the values ​​and virtues that prevail in the community, form the basis of communality.

Awareness of the economic opportunities offered by the environment reinforces a sense of community. Social interaction influences individuals' perceptions of the unity of man, community, and the universe, and transforms them into activities that consider the past and the future.

Cluster 3

The role and role of government in communality is at the heart of integrity. Public power through representativeness and interaction seeks to establish integrity between individuals, communities, and the reality around us. The rule of law, through its constitution, other laws and international treaties, contributes to materializing the rights of the individual in the nation state.

The state is the enabler of community and individual goals, where it is responsible to the voters for the efficiency and effectiveness of its activities. As international interaction grows, things become more difficult to manage and follow-up becomes weaker. Collaboration becomes a function that begins to circle the circle outside of oneness with no functional connection for individuals.

Cluster 4

There are also two levels of information technology and digitalization, the latter being subdivided into two levels based on their demanding nature. The process to be controlled and the data processing to control it can also be part of a larger entity. Then the system design must distinguish between a controllable and a controlling process. Process information and digitalization will need to be harmonized through common standards.

The identification, description and exchange of business processes between the different parts of the systems must exist and their compatibility must be ensured through tests and documentation before digitizing and implementing local and larger entities. Digital conversions from analog to digital can be integrated by common standards.

 Cross-cutting issues

Clustering of the Sustainable Development Goals is designed to better manage the content of the 17 Goals, which should be done through a special UN-led Task Force. In addition, there are several other uncertainties associated with Agenda 2030, which are referred to as "Cross-cutting issues" in this text.

(1) Integrity of statistical cooperation

World statistical cooperation should be made coherent to ensure that current statistics are compatible with Agenda 2030 analysis of situation in development cooperation (DAC & ODA) and private sector investment and world trade activities in the UN Economic Statistics (UBSD) and impact assessment. The timelines related to the design and implementation of the different actors' development programs should be coherent in order to have a clearer picture of the planning, implementation and evaluation processes and the indicators used.

(2) Technology Compatibility

Developing and transition countries are entering the world of computerization and digitalization. Prior to the spread of the Internet in the 1990s, de-facto standards for centralized computing and telecommunications in industrialized countries had been established. Industrialized countries have invested in Internet technology from different perspectives than emerging and transition economies. The ITU Information Society Program in the 1990s evened out newcomers' skills in information technology. The design and implementation of Agenda 2030 for SDGs will require greater coordination of operational processes, information society legislation and technical infrastructure for the implementation of voluntary country-specific digitalization in sustainable development countries.

(3) Common rules of the game

There are two dimensions to internationalization. It operates within a framework of common rules of the game or is based on an asymmetry of knowledge and function where the parties are not equal partners. Development cooperation and development is a mechanism that has no room for asymmetry. In the great cycle of life, things are transparent and based on equity and the integrity of the total mass of life. We still have a great deal to learn from the unity of the world in securing the continuity of our own activities and lives as well as our community. New types of contractual procedures should also be introduced alongside the law procedures.

(4) Extraterritoriality

As a result of world division and the Cold War between the United States and the USSR, there has been an increase in the use of force to conduct bilateral and multilateral relations as a means of trade policy. Such a power policy has also spread beyond the superpowers, whereby the use of power politics has been either active or inactive, when the authorities of the host country do not want to comment on their companies' operations abroad in bilateral negotiations. The policy of sanctions against the offending state is comparable to social media practices, which operate extraterritorially without an international treaty of reciprocity through an asymmetric set-up.

 (5) Regulation of mass media

Mass media and its regulation have a long tradition in the world. The nation states, within their own moral and legal concepts, have created an atmosphere and a set of rules for regulating mass media within their own territories. The Internet and the services built on the platform it provides (social media) do not respect this right of national sovereignty to regulate communications within its own geographical area, its content and other operational and financial procedures. There is no need to go into the UNESCO regulatory mechanism of the world divided and the Cold War in the 1970s and 1980s, but some form of regulation is needed to protect the rights of small states under current practices.

(6) Tribunal of Integrity.

 In the 20th century and in the first two decades of the present millennium, there have been cases for which there are no precedents and legal proceedings in the practice of international law. To improve manageability, I could establish an international tribunal for integrity issues. The Tribunal would make it possible to develop solutions and compromise proposals which could be subject to a three-tier approval procedure. In this three-tiered procedure, individuals, CSOs / companies as well as governmental and other public authorities would approve. Current information technology and the penetration and functionality of the Internet would be tools to create such a tool to measure insights in the world in order to find out more support and opposition than mass media.


© 18.11.2019, Asumer Oy / Heikki K. Auvinen, all rights reserved, 2019

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