Saturday, December 20, 2008

UNGC : The Ten Principles

The UN Global Compact's ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption enjoy universal consensus and are derived from:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
The United Nations Convention Against Corruption

The Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption:


Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

CEO's Statement on UDHR

Global Synergetic Foundation

CEO's Statement
60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights


On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we, business leaders from all corners of the world, call on governments to implement fully their human rights obligations. We also reiterate our own commitment to respect and support human rights within our sphere of influence. Human rights are universal and are an important business concern all over the globe.

Arabic
بمناسبة الذكرى الستین للاعلان العالمي لحقوق الانسان، نحن، كبار رجال الأعمال من مختلف دول العالم، ندعو الحكومات
للقیام بواجبھا ومسؤولیاتھا تجاه حقوق الأنسان. كما نؤكد أیضا على تمسكنا و احترامنا ودعمنا لحقوق الإنسان في نطاق حدود
مسؤلیتنا وطاقتنا. و ذلك علمًا بأن حقوق الانسان ھي حقوق عالمیة وتمثل موضوع ھام بالنسبة لكافة الأعمال التجاریة في
جمیع أنحاء الكرة الأرضیة.

French
A l'occasion du 60ème anniversaire de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l'homme, nous, dirigeants d'entreprises du monde entier, faisons appel aux gouvernements afin qu'ils répondent pleinement à leurs obligations en matière de droits de l'homme. Nous réitérons également notre propre engagement à respecter et soutenir les droits de l'homme dans notre sphère d'influence. Les droits de l'homme sont universels et sont une préoccupation importante du monde des affaires tout autour du globe.

Russian
По случаю 60-ой годовщины Всеобщей Декларации Прав Человека мы, бизнес-лидеры со всего мира, обращаемся к правительствам с просьбой полностью выполнить свои обязательства по правам человека. Мы также повторяем наше собственное обязательство уважать и поддержать права человека в пределах нашей сферы влияния. Права человека - всеобщие и являются важной ответственностью бизнеса во всем мире.

Spanish
Con ocasión del 60º aniversario de la Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos, nosotros, los líderes empresariales de todos los rincones del mundo, hacemos un llamamiento a los gobiernos a que apliquen plenamente sus obligaciones de derechos humanos. También reiteramos nuestro compromiso de respetar y apoyar los derechos humanos dentro de nuestra esfera de influencia. Los derechos humanos son universales y son una importante responsabilidad de las empresas en todo el mundo.

Dr.S.S.D.Pandey
CEO, GSF, INDIA

Monday, December 01, 2008

Our Begining


Global Synergetic® (Est.1992) the term synergetic means co-operative, originated as a small Institution for Multidimensional Development and Exploration with a vision but confined only to a tiny region of Gangetic plains of India. In the year,1993, it took the Institute for Synergetics & Fundamental Research,founded by the same founder, based at Varanasi since 1990, as its unit, and eventually became a home for an interdisciplinary group of people comprising physicists, mathematicians, economists, chemists & biochemists, physicians, engineers, and social scientists. The small Institute began thinking high, beyond intellectual prison, narrow disciplinary and national boundaries and in terms of Scientific, Technological, and Socio-economic and Developmental policies. Workshops, working papers, conferences and publications started and kept on flowing continuously along with its social and developmental actions. During the years 1998-99 Institution got involved in introspection, keeping in view its past track, its successes and failures and its place in the world of the New Millennium. By the end of 1998, it realized that globalization, with all its goods and evils, was going to be the force of the 21st Century. It was realized further, that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Biotechnology and International Businesses were going to change the lives of the people on earth, Information was going to be more effective weapon in wars as well as in fighting evils like poverty, economic inequality, underdevelopment, exploitation, simultaneously, these evils were going to be accentuated by the digital divide and informational inequality. Under these forces there would be advantaged and disadvantaged. The interests of these advantaged and disadvantaged groups might create chaos, exploitation and social injustice and social unrest. This introspection led to reorientation of institute’s vision, reconsideration of priorities and objectives and reformulation of the code of conduct for the Institution.In the year 2000, Institute crossed its traditional national boundary and was over the Cyberspace with a global vision, new administrative location and a URL http://www.globalsynergetic.org/

Our Vision

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनह् सर्वे सन्तु निरामया
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चित्दुख्भाग्भवेत्
sarve bhavantu sukhinah sarve santu nirāmayā
sarve bhadrāṇi paśyantu mā kaścitdukhbhāgbhavet|

Our Mission

“To facilitate through Strategic Management, R&D, Policy Research and Developmental Actions, attainment of the highest possible level of the Quality of Life i.e., Health, Education and Socio-economic Development and Justice to the Society through a strong, proactive, technically excellent and dedicated global network by collaborations with governments, civil society and other partners.”

by

*Leading policies and reforms,
*Changing civil society,
*Investing in the poor and
*Nurturing Scientific, Technological & Artistic Creativity.

Our Concern

ना त्वहम् कामये राजयम् न स्वर्ग नापुनर्भवम्।
कामये दुखतप्तानाम् प्रानिनामार्तिनाशनम्।

nā tvaham kāmaye rājayam na svarga nāpunarbhavam|
kāmaye dukhataptānām prānināmārtināśanam|
Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya

I do not for a royal realm aspire,
For release or for paradise.
To serve those bent with grief I desire,
and calm their sorrows and help them rise.”

Our Goals

A Global PerspectiveAnticipating and developing benefits from global changes throughCross border studies, researches education, training andDevelopmental actions.

Capacity Building
Improving the technical, managerial and analytical policy research capacity ofThink tanks, Corporations, Institutions and governments.

Creativity Development
Developing and nurturing arts, culture and creativity.

Innovation
Finding new solutions to old problems, leading multi-disciplinary global thinking and integrating new and adapted technology.

Global Leadership
Promoting transparency and rules of law to remove barriers to socio-economic development, opportunities and justice.

Privatization and Investment
Developing commercial ventures for equitable economic opportunities.

Sustainable Development
Developing local expertise through a collaborative approach of partnering international and regional experts with local researchers for sustainable Socio-economic, technical and environmental development.

CEO's Statement UNGC COP 2008

DearSir/Madam,
On 2002/6/5 Global Synergetic Foundation joined the UN’s Global Compact, and in doing so expressed its steadfast commitment to the ten principles that the Compact puts forth. Compliance with these principles is without doubt one of the cornerstones for the democratic and cohesive existence of both companies and society as a whole.

It must be kept in mind while going through this COP that we are Think Tank and not a brick and mortar company.Our crue and participants vary year by year but our Conscience and Aim remain tha same.We operate more on platonic plain of humans and insistand motivate to implement the ideas in their own spheres of lives.

Foundation has been highly adaptive and has been undergoing drastic transformation during the intervening period according to the changing socioeconomic and political world order.

Two important inclinations are noticiable :
We are to give now equal thrust to promotion of World View and Etenal Wisdom for world peace and harmony and Climate and Environment.Secondly we became UN Caring for Climate Signatories in the year 2008.
In India, our Perennial Wisdom (Sanatan Dharma) is itself the Law of Cosmic Order where every existence, being and act becomes a part of it.It therefore includes almost all the principles of Global Compact.

Year 2008 has been a year of major transformation for the Organization as you would recognise its change from Organisation to Foundation.We are now able now to dissiminate theTen Pinciples but to get it implimented in a networked manner.It is due to this fact our COP got delayed a bit this year for which I extend my apology on behalf of the Foundation.

It is therefore with particular pride that I present our Third “Communication on Progress”, which describes how our signature of the Global Compact has paved the way to tangible, long-term actions both within our Organization and on behalf of our members.

What follows is mainly a synoptic in its essence, crisp but detailed version, however, will be circulated as attachments to email and footing references to publications and blogs,www.globalsynergetic.blogspot.com,www.gsfindia.blogspor.com, www.sjews.blogspot.com and also it is to appear on our website http://www.globalsynergetic.org/ very shortly.
Regards and with best wishes
Yours
Dr.S.S.D.Pandey
Chief Executive, GSF

Making a Difference

Annexure to UNGC COP 2008

Knowing that our projects in their own small manner make a difference to people’s lives, gives us a humble sense of fulfillment. It is also a way of living our values, and in all humility, playing a leadership role even as a caring global citizen.

What follows is a Consolidated Reports of theGlobal Synergetic.It has been necessary to do so because of the very nature of ourPerspective Action Plan under which not only activities span over more than one Financial Year but also that the benefits spill over across the border, due to the peculiarities of the Open Border Region.

The convergence of telecommunications, computing, and content industries into new media is forcing governments and businesses to develop new strategies. Governments are testing policies that mix market and regulatory solutions. Entrepreneurs are creating new businesses and existing businesses are seeking to transform themselves by merging, divesting, creating new capabilities and customer relations, and establishing new competitive and collaborative relationships...

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
The research group provides a context within which scholarly work on the societal implications of the Information Age is done. The IT services and facilities that are available to faculty, students and staff are cutting edge and provide a unique, advanced technological environment in support of teaching and research.We endeavour through Policy Research, Medicinal Research and human Development to cause the HOLISTIC development.Each and every wing has been involved in following the Ten Principles.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
Institutional diversity in many developing countries is growing fast, where civil society is gaining influence on development processes. These changes induce pressing demands which cannot readily be met by the existing institutional frameworks in government and/or civil society. Hence, solutions to “the institutional question” are increasingly being acknowledged as a crucial condition for development in our present era. We have been focusing on consultancy, training, and research activities, supporting processes of institutional development or change, tailored to the specific sector, or the respective organisation. Conventional ideas about organizational engineering are being supplemented by broader notions on promoting learning, empowerment, and social capital.

The approach towards institutional development puts emphasis on effective and sustainable self management, individual creativity, principles of gender equity, local knowledge and participation of stakeholders. Support is given at different levels:

*individual: upgrading of knowledge and skills of professional staff, as well as in grass root level organisations;
*organizational: assisting in setting of clear goals and putting efficient organisation structures to work (NGOs, interest groups, civil service organisations);
*inter-organizational: generating synergy between organisations with a common goal (i.e.NGOs, credit associations, women based/community-based groups, small businesses; mutual social services);
*policy/sector environment: programme design and evaluation, creating enabling environments for stakeholders in institutional development processes. Institute has a self-managing team of senior advisors with professional backgrounds in development economics, institutional development, gender, who have extensive international experience. Specific consultancy, training and research expertise can be provided either by the unit itself or by other units of the Institute.

Advice for strengthening organizational performance:
We approach the organization’s environment, policy, structure, and human resources in an integrated way. The strengths and weaknesses along with the opportunities and threats of the organisation are firstly assessed with maximum involvement of relevant stakeholders. Then we assist in drawing up a joint action plan aiming at the development that makes the organisation better equipped to serve its goals. Sector policy advice: Institute has provided advisory services to sectors in which processes of decentralization and down-scaling affect the set-up of public administration structures.

Enhancing local capacity in consultancy and management support to setting up consultancy units in public funded institutions Translation of gender issues in practical concepts:Solutions are sought by either looking at redesigning existing structures or at the identifying and structuring new roles and responsibilities of other parties like NGOs - community based organisations, co-operative movements, and local bodies and interest groups. Institute has been concentrating on its activities in sectors like education, water supply, public health, credit and saving facilities.

Upgrading knowledge & skills:
The demand for support to strengthening local consultancy capabilities is increasing. For the delivery of consultancy services, local consultants are increasingly contracted. Often the quality of the rendered services does not meet international professional standards because of a lack of knowledge about the consultancy profession and related skills. Institute offers tailor-made training, based on a preliminary needs assessment, exposing participants to international consultancy practices.

Strengthening consultancy organisations: Staff members of many public funded institutions -universities, governmental research services, and vocational training institutions - are increasingly being invited for consultancy assignments. However, the organizational set-up for such activities is often not appropriate, i.e. no proper embedding in the organisation, no clear mission, lack of strategy, or an embryonic organisation structure. Institute has been supporting such institutions in setting up consultancy units within their main structure. Units have been assisted in developing action plans including backstopping activities for the various steps of the implementation of such plans.

Setting professional consultancy standards:
With the development of local consultancy capacity, the need for developing common professional standards that match international standards becomes increasingly important. Recently, (inter-)national professional consultancy associations have been established in countries where the profession is relatively new. Institute has been assisting organisations in their pursuing of establishing professional standards.Entrepreneurship & Managerial DevelopmentLatest industries like Information Technology, Bio-Technology, entertainment and Television provide a good opportunity before the young people to choose a career option but, it has been seen that because of presence of such a wide range of options they feel confused and frustrated in choosing the career. The liberalization has opened plethora of opportunities for the enterprising people. The biggest bottleneck in the process of removal of unemployment is the preference of jobs to self employment. The society in an attempt to encourage more and more youths to come forward towards for setting up their own ventures organized one day seminar at Delhi center. Over 30 Young men attended the seminar. The participants were guided regarding the various opportunities available in the field of business and commerce, engineering and technology, teaching and educational institutions and social service sectors. They were benefited a lot from this programme.

Besides Institute has given many courses during the last few years on the topics:
ICT Enabled Management,Basic Financial Management,Basic International Management.

Education
Service Ideas

•Foundation is to grant its Institute to establish literacy programs for girls and women, working with an international partner in a country with high rates of female illiteracy.
• Establish a literacy center with a library where people can come to read and meet tutors.
• Sponsor a business breakfast, inviting business executives and managers of local businesses to hear about literacy efforts in the workplace.
• Offer to set up satellite schools in villages, if girls are forbidden to travel far from home, and to sponsor single-sex schools with female teachers, if coeducational learning is a cultural issue.
• Organize a public awareness campaign encouraging parents to read to their children.
• Donate books to students and class libraries at home and abroad.
• Schedule a reading hour at a local library when club members would read to children.
• Provide child care for parents attending literacy classes.
• Reward students who read the most books, win a spelling bee or book report contest, or tutor others.

HEALTH
Service Ideas

• We through our activities organize an awareness campaign, such as an AIDS walk or drug and alcohol abuse awareness rally and on such issues that arise from time to time.
• Hold health fair that provides information on health and screening services, in collaboration with the local health department.
• Organize continuing education opportunities for local health professionals in collaboration with other institutions.
• Work with local schools to provide staffing and funding for a school clinic for the students.
• Partner with local communities to develop a source for safe water and a sanitation system.
• Establish a clinic or hospital or a facility that focuses on a special needs group such as families affected by leprosy or underserved women.
• Gather and donate medical equipment or supplies.
• Locate areas needing medical assistance and recruit fellow Rotarians with medical expertise to visit the area and provide their services at no charge.

ENVIRONMENT & DEVELOPMENT

The area of our Institute operates in has been very green one. On one side it is connected to the hills and mountains of Nepal, on the other it is very much in the Gangetic Plains famous for its greenery and rich bio-habitat. With the development it started losing it. As Institute has been actively involved with medicinal and herbal drugs and medicines, it has been seriously active in Biodiversity & conservation, Identification, Screening of herbs, environment awareness & plantation programmes.

Service Ideas

• Support the creation of urban gardens, parks, woodlands, and greenbelts.
• Arrange a cleanup day along a river, lake, or ocean shore in your community.
• Promote the use of public transportation and ride-sharing.
• Assist poor communities to obtain safe water and sanitation systems.
• Publicize community health training that addresses the relationships between safe water, sanitation, and health.
• Organize a community program to collect and sort glass, paper products, and other recyclable items.
• Support innovative educational programs that emphasize the importance and interdependence of the ecosystem.
• Sponsor a service project that provides agricultural training, appropriate tools, and capital resources to small farmers.
• Give awards to local businesses or industries for ecologically sound extraction, production, design, packaging, and waste disposal practices.

MEDIA, ARTS & CULTURE :

Contributing to Human FreedomThe Internet Technologies unit of the Institute is responsible for the Interactive Media Lab (IML). A recent upgrade in the IML involves a completely redesigned audio-video digitizing facility. The room allows users to convert video and audio into content that can be viewed and heard on the web. This has been a very popular addition for faculty and students looking to create permanent archives of their work. In addition, a new 35mm slide and negative scanner was added to the Lab. This has been a valuable asset for making electronic copies of valuable research photographs. In order to ensure that multimedia software is cutting edge, there were a total of five different upgrade versions of the software in the IML. Institute has been involved, during the last three years in:Script Preparation on National Integration,Script Preparation on Elementary & adult Education,Script Preparation on Cultural Heritage,Footage Compilation,Promotion of Folk Genres,Exhibition & Archivation of Paintings & Other.Preservation & Digitization.

CAPACITY BUILDING: Towards Sustainable Livelihood

TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD

To create sustainable employment opportunities for the youth and others, extensive training is being provided in various skills, particularly tailoring, running of provision stores, bee-keeping. Every year we select a small group of farmers for training in beekeeping.Our teams continue to act as catalysts, enabling farmers’ access resources that are available to them through various schemes launched by the Government.

ICT Enablement

The ICT enabled development, which was launched in April 2000 by the Global Synergetic Institute, aims to create an International network on the Local Management of Research and applications in selected priority areas, Agricultural Biodiversity, health, education, following regionally oriented preparatory process. Project has as its main objectives: to provide a forum for discussion and sharing of experiences; to contribute to the empowerment and strengthening of the groups involved; to increase awareness on the central importance.This is a unique initiative involving local organisations the project has phases: (I) identification of interested groups and organisations, (ii) documentation of experiences, (iii) regional and international workshops.