TheUN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) build on the success of the MillenniumDevelopment Goals (MDGs); they also learn from them. The 17 SDGs are a universalcall to protect the planet and confirm that all people enjoy peace and successand most importantly to end poverty. Due to part of the struggle in collectingMDG-related data, Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general, formed an IndependentExpert Advisory Group (IEAG) on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Developmentin 2014 to counsel on how to understand the “revolution in data”.
UNDP isseeking on collecting data and information to promote new principles,strengthen those already exist, and to fill key data gaps that make adifference to people’s lives, specificallythe poor and excluded countries that are full of poverty, but are notconsidered. Datais the key to successfully attain the SDGs, harmonizing data definitions,methodologies, and sources is clearly needed for publishing data in open,common, and electronic formats. Open data lies at the core of data revolution andis seen to be a key driver for accomplishing the Agenda 2030 for SustainableDevelopment. Most often, open data is the most underutilized advantage deceitfulwith the government. New technologies offer new chances to improve data,developing new infrastructures for data sharing and development, and supportinginnovations that reduce the cost of producing public data and improve thequality.
Locationand geography are important to most of the rudiments of Sustainable DevelopmentGoals. It is, therefore, not astonishment that geospatial data is as importantto sustainable development goals as the demographic and statistical data. Totruly harness ‘data’ to meet the Agenda 2030, there is a need for assimilatinggeospatial data with other available datasets so as to create visualizationsthrough maps or 3D models which shall only help in evaluating influences,monitor progress and enhanced accountability. For governments to expressstrategies, they need to identify where the citizens are and where the originof the problem lies. UNDPcollaborated with Iran to help them find their own solutions to meet global,regional and national development challenges, the purpose of the overarchingrationale for the UNDP Country Programme in Iran is to provision the governmentin accomplishing its sustainable and inclusive development objectives, thisrationale aimed at not leaving anyone behind. I.
Introducing Happiness as aMeasure of Development TheHuman Development Index has been collected in worldwide surveys and is used invarious ways that are relevant to sustainable wellbeing. Happiness isnot only the best lifestyle for a human being, it is healthier and importantfor not only a person but as well as for the surrounding of this world. A countryshould realize that the citizen’s happiness has a great impact on itsdevelopment and economic position. Happiness is an important key to achievesustainable development in all countries around the world in the coming years. TheWorld Happiness Report is a measure of happiness published by the UnitedNations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, measuring the happiness ofmore than 150 countries. In the 2016 report, Iran ranked 105th among 156countries – an improvement over the past year’s 110th place.
Unfortunately,the country has ranked 108th in the World Happiness Report 2017 among 155 countries(World Happiness Report, 2017), dropping three ranks after suffering fromrevolutions and mess among the country in the past year. The country alsoachieves a Happy Planet Index (HPI) score of 24.0 and ranks 84th ofall the 140 countries analyzed (Happy Planet Index, 2017), based on its lifeexpectancy, well-being, ecological footprint, and inequality. Despitethe struggles Iran is going through because of the chaos actions of somecitizens, the country is trying its best to develop, putting its citizen’shappiness as a target to achieve in the coming years, but not by breaking thecountry’s laws and rules, and disturbing the countries peace by irresponsibleactions, instead, bya real cooperation between the citizens and the government of Iran tohelp their country achieve a successful development that will benefit them andthe country.
Governmentsare also encouraged to recognize that GDP is not the only indicator ofwell-being assimilate economic and social policies, better develop specificpolicies for environmental protection develop well-being indicators to guidetheir policy design and monitoring in line with sustainable developmentobjectives, consider using a broader concept of well-being, going beyond GDPand economic growth, adopting a new economic paradigm that summarizes thesocial, economic and environmental features of sustainable development, and usecarefully-constructed regular, large-scale data on happiness and wellbeing as amore suitable indicator for improving macroeconomic policymaking and notifyingservice delivery. TheIslamic Republic of Iran is conscious of thecountry’s position regarding its happiness, and would like to consider aresolution that puts happiness as measurement of developing countries to attainsustainable development, with the help of all other countries and will alignwith the houses opinion to make all countries happy and well-developed in thefuture.