The United Nation World Health Organization (WHO) can be the biggest game changer in heralding the era of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in almost all parts of the developing world. In a recent article published in a News paper in India, a scary report about 10 million Indians carrying two deadly bacteria: ha-MRSA and ca-MRSA which are now resistant to almost all available antibiotics in the World. The reason given were the easy availability of over the counter antibiotics and poor hygiene. The report was published originally by Der Spiegel .
This information should, with proper verification and irrefutable proof be used by UN-WHO to strengthen the UNEP-SBCI. The United Nations Environment Program – Sustainable Building & Climate Initiative is tasked to create sustainable cities. Now, this process can be accelerated with the help of WHO creating awareness on the deadly disease which lurk due to unhygienic conditions that gets created due to unplanned Urban Development. Cities, throughout the Developing World have the problems of Slums, and Urban Planning which takes into account the benefit of proper sanitation methods can be show-cased by WHO as models for improved health benefits. Developers and Municipal administrators would be able to directly see the co-relation between sustainable design and health and would be able to educate the citizens for better living. This is because it is only a body like the UN which can through its various arms lend the credibility which would be paid heed to by the powers that be, as the UN can engage the people at the grass-root level, which is always needed for any change to have prominence and permanence.
Further, poor hygiene in the rural areas, I don’t have much to worry about because in my beloved Country, villages are mostly clean and have a more or less healthy atmosphere. But I am a Citizen of a very large City in India. A very large and a very dirty city where plush apartments overlook slums. My City has the distinction of having the largest slum in Asia, that means the largest concentration of most unhygienic area ! And as per the report, these two deadly disease came into being because of poor sanitation standards. Therefore it could be possible that we and our families are at risk.
By the line of logic it could also affect the Rich & Super Rich who too live in this very City. And as they hold almost all the business and trade, they would surely be able to see the “profit” of living a healthy life, thus the “crony capitalistic” mind-set which does not allow for scientific urban development can for once be set aside at the earliest. And having done so they could herald in a movement which would truly be able to see the profit in following the path of CDM. Refer to my –Clean Development Mechanism – A guide to Profit in slow Economy
Now it remains to be seen who would ask WHO to take on this task of completing the circle of Environment – Health & Safety and presenting the case to the World at large. “EHS” as we call it, is a near alien word in the Indian Construction & Development sector.
- Mind the gap: Development options for Delhi’s metro (greenconduct.com)
- New ‘killer’ bacteria on the prowl (thehindu.com)
- World Bank sees carbon finance role for years (reuters.com)
- CDM Market in the MENA Region (cleantechsolutions.wordpress.com)
- Who called this “clean”anyways? (canadianyouthdelegation.wordpress.com)