Is Bolivia doing anything about fulfilling the sustainable development goals for this Millennium?

World Economic ForumFrom the World Economic Forum…


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“I am pleased to share some good news for people and planet,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said to a packed room of press delegates. The good news? After three years of negotiations and debate, 193 countries had agreed to a set of development goals more bold and ambitious than anything that has come before them.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – part of a wider 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These eight goals, set by the United Nations back in 2000 to eradicate poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease, expire at the end of this year.

The MDGs were concrete, specific and measurable, and therefore helped establish some priority areas of focus in international development. But that was also one of their biggest criticisms: by being so targeted, they had left out other, equally important, areas.

Despite the criticism, significant progress has been made over the past 15 years, especially when it comes to the goals of eradicating poverty and improving access to education. That progress, however, has been very uneven, with improvements often concentrated in specific regions and among certain social groups. A 2015 UN assessment of the MDGs found they fell short for many people: “The assessment of progress towards the MDGs has repeatedly shown that the poorest and those disadvantaged because of gender, age, disability or ethnicity are often bypassed.”

In developing the SDGs – a multi-year process involving civil society, governments, the private sector and academia – the United Nations sought to take all these failings into account.

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My opinion follows:

Now lets see how this has been tackled by current Bolivian ochlocracy…  Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.10.01 AM



Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 8.42.57 AMRegarding poverty, this populist government has issued a series of bonuses, like in Venezuela, have the ability to permeate the society’s ability to work and function, instead the people get accustomed to ask more from the government, and wait until they receive something in return for their support to the ruling party.

Regarding hunger… Bolivia is reducing its ability to produce food as this government placed quotas on agricultural production of products like soy that had export markets. Smuggling allows food to enter the country, thus damaging further the competitiveness of our agricultural sector.

So, we can say that on this point, we are doing badly.

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 8.43.07 AMThis one is relative… this government has flooded the country with Cuban teachers, as well as “doctors” and by manipulating information, they claim there is no more illiteracy… and that has to be proven, time will tell.

This government wanted to re-structure around the “indigenous” concept and so far the education policy is still in the twilight zone.

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 8.43.18 AMRegarding this one, an abundance of propaganda has emerged… however there is still a significant gap in terms of women in public official posts.

Bonuses have been issued to encourage pregnancies… but femicide has also reached unprecedented levels. This government talks a lot but clearly fails to promote gender equality. We should not remember the numerous times current president, publicly mocked at women’s expense.

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 8.43.28 AMThere is no reliable data that could confirm or deny any progress on this goal.

Bolivia remains among the highest mortality rates in this hemisphere. The proportion of the general budget is ridiculous, if compared to other countries. Despite what governmental propaganda claims about.

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 8.43.34 AMIssuing bonuses to “help” pregnant women as well as motherhood care during the first year or two, is also misleading.

There were only bonuses, not infrastructure upgrading or more items for medical professionals. It was the easy way out, as a good populist demagogue regime.

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 8.43.42 AMAbout this goal, let me refer to the overall budget allocation regarding health… it is insufficient and not a priority for the coca grower’s government.

Thus, nothing has changed in ten years, aside of disproportionate spending on luxury items, like armored limos, presidential planes, airport facilities, soccer fields and intensive trips to spread the propaganda that this president should remain “ad infinitum”.

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 8.43.51 AMThis issue, reflects how this government failed big time!

Despite its self-proclamation of mother earth’s defendant, this president relentlessly is pushing to insert a road in the middle of a National Park and indigenous territory.

Advocates oil prospecting on National Parks and Reserves, just to keep the inflow of needed monies to continue to waste on his boondoggle trips and propaganda.

If all the above is not sufficient, he intends to promote nuclear energy, ever since he was given counsel by Iran, with the acquiescence of the Venezuelan government… while countries like Japan and Germany tend to abandon this source of energy. A compelling argument is that Bolivia has so many other energy sources that this whimsical egomaniacal desire, only shows the real nature of this president.

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 8.43.58 AMFinally, this goal also fails to be achieved under this government.

Its anti-capitalist discourse only serves to promote accord like ALBA in detriment of other alliances that could help us more towards sustainable development.

As a firm follower of the Socialism of the 21st Century, and by openly meeting with governments of Syria, Iran, Libya, Cuba, Venezuela only portrays our Bolivia as a political fanatic.

In sum, Bolivia has lost a decade under this government. The nightmare to have them continue for the next 10 more years is frightening. It controls all powers of the state and given they inherited the nest economic times in our history. And the wastefulness of over $150 billion dollars is by far the worst that could have ever happened to Bolivia.

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Published by Bolivian Thoughts

Senior managerial experience on sustainable development projects.

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