Today, folks, it's time for our irregular language lesson. In this session, we turn to a new form of communications. It's called "United Nations Speak."
Many feel it's a fascinating and graceful language. It's important, too, United Nations Speak is being used increasingly around the globe, not only by the United Nations but also by other world organizations grappling with the problems that affect us all.
Our first excersie is based ona paragraph from the introduction to a recent issue of "Asian Development Dialogue." This is an "interdisciplinary review" published by the U.N. Center for Regional Development. The publication is a good one for beginning students of United Nations Speak. As its editor notes in a brief word at the front of the magazine, the publication gives preference to "presentations which are concise, clear and jargon-free."
You will have five minutes to read the paragraph that follows. However, take notes. At the end of it, you will be asked some questions bases on its contents. Okay? Go -
Our lead article views essential features of a framework for a comprehensive regional development analysis, plan formulation and implementation process which UNCRD has developed in connexion with its training cum regional development planning study exercises in Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines. Comprehensive in this sense refers to coordination and intergration of development efforts (broadly defined) for a particular geographic space. Concern with development of a specific sub-national area does not imply that analysis and planning can be restricted simply to that politico-administrative level. Pertinent national and micro-level views and requirements need to be considered as well, and this suggests that multi-level approaches be pursued. An additional consideration is the "critical minimum information" for comprehensive regional planning and development whose operationalization requires the not-insignificant task of determining information precedence relationships - or principal types of decisions and associated information flow - in the process of analysis, planning and implementation. However, attainment of comprehensive planning and development in actual practice is more often influenced by certain characteristics of existing planning procedures and institutional arrangements than it is by availability of techniques. In other words, issues of polity and society are not easily divorced from technical and administrative aspects of development analysis and planning.
Stop! Time's up. Okay, here are the questions. Choose the best possible answer. Answer as many questions as you can, even if you're not sure of the answer. The highest number of correct answers wins the test.
1. What does the author mean? A) I don't know; B) he doesn't know; C) his editor doesn't know; D) the United Nations doesn't know; E) nobody knows.
2. What are "training cum regional development planning exercises"? A) exercises; B) study exercises; C) planning study exercises; D) all of the above; E) none of the above.
3. In what sense is the author using the word "comprehensive"? A) all-in-inclusively; B) narrowly; C) broadly defined; D) in a way unknown before; E) incomprehensibily.
4. If you want to develop part of a country, can you ignore the rest of it when you draw up your plans? A) no; B) yes; C) maybe; D) the author doesn't say; E) the question is impertinent.
5. Determining information precedence relationships is: A) hard; B) easy; C) significant; D) insignificant; E) not insignificant.
6. "Operationalization" is used as: A) a verb; B) a noun; C) an adjective; D) an adverb; E) an absurdity.
7. Whose operationalization is the author referring to? A) critical minimum information's; B) planning and development's; C) the additional consideration's; D) his own; E) the United Nations'.
8. Comprehensive planning is more influenced by: A) the bureaucracy in power; B) actual practice; C) unnamed characteristics; D) availability of techniques; E) the weather.
9. Who isn't likely to get divorced? A) polity and society; B) technical aspects and administrative aspects; C) analysis and planning; D) Indonesia and the Philippines; E) the author and his editor.
10. Why does the United Nations speak like this? A) because it's smarter than I am; B) because it's paid a high salary; C) simple language helps communication across geographic boundaries; D) beauty and grace are important in language; E) it doesn't like me personally.
Easy, wasn't it? Well, it's always like that with a new language at the elementary level. Intermediate United Nations Speak - which is used by senior officials and diplomats at UN.N. headquarters in New York - gets a bit more difficult. But don't despair. U.N. officials, who deals with some of the most difficult problems of the age, have to speak this new language - so they can make themselves understood.