Source documents and extracts on
UN development goals,
global-scale social science.
With commentary and original articles.
Over 1000 documents: Global goals and social science. Updated September 2018.
Links to UN resolutions, academic research papers, school examination papers, and other documents.
The material is largely in date order. It is a work in progress. Please read the notes at the top of the page.
Many of the file names give key facts about accurate or inaccurate claims in the documents.
In some files, parts are highlighted.
2500-page source book/partial history of global goals and global claims. Draft 22 March 2018.
Corrections and clarifications list for above document
The work provides extracts from original documents such as UN resolutions, reports, communications and research papers, mostly in date order.
It points out connections between the original documents - including false statements.
Draft 22 March 2018, 91-megabyte download.
A plain-text version is available via the first link above.
It necessarily omits some elements such as images which contain text, but is much easier to search.
different about this work?
It provides the evidence. Academic work sometimes relies on other secondary material rather than questioning it.
It is a partial catalogue of some past and current timed commitments and goals agreed at the UN General Assembly (usually by all member states eligible to vote) with some regional goals agreed by governments.
It should be noted that this is not a definitive reference work on all global goals agreed between nations.
However, it appears to settle some important questions definitively by supplying the original evidence.
It raises questions such as whether social science claims are valid if the people using the claims would not use the method on themselves.
It is a searchable catalogue of misinformation from
- heads of state;
- parliamentary committees charged with oversight of governments' work;
- university-published reference books;
- well-known "myth busting" or "fact checking" individuals and teams;
- academic or ex-civil servant experts on global goals;
- many others.
It is a documented history of some of the editor's thoughts, errors, flaws and actions.
It is a commentary on the reasoning, or lack of it, behind some statements about large numbers of people, where the conclusions are claimed to be based on social science - and the reasoning, or lack of it, behind global goals.
It seems to be prompting the editor to be clearer on what he thinks the aims of politics should be.
It is not comprehensive enough yet on climate change or financial flows.
Edited by Matt Berkley
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