Source documents and extracts
on UN development goals,
progress reports
and global social science.

With commentary.


Over 1000 documents:  Global goals and social science 

UN resolutions, academic research papers, school examination papers, and other documents.

Largely in date order.   Work in progress.   Please read the notes at the top of the page.

Many file names give key facts about accurate or inaccurate claims in the documents.
Highlighting shows you some parts you might find interesting.

On 25 April 2018, the link above has more recent documents than in the full document (link below).

Some material quoted in the full document is not yet in this list, and vice versa.

2500-page "Partial History" of global goals and some global claims   

This document provides extracts from original documents such as UN resolutions, reports, communications and research papers.

It points out connections between them - including false statements.

Please note:  The parts dealing with rent and home ownership are in need of review and possible revision.  The same applies to the files "Evidence from...[year or years]". 
"Contents" should read "partial contents".
Draft 22 March 2018, 91-megabyte download.

For a plain-text version omitting some elements but much easier to search, please see the first link above.




What is different about this work?  

It shows you the evidence.

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 which were eligible to vote) with some regional goals agreed by relevant governments.

It 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 may help clarify, for example, 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.

It seems to be prompting me to be clearer on what I think the aims of politics should be.   

It is not comprehensive enough yet on, for one thing, climate change.

Edited by Matt Berkley



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