2015, A Year Of Global Action!

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As a matter of urgency, there are lots of irregularities which need to be addressed as viewed from a global perspective.

There has been failure in governance in many countries due to the negligence of our leaders.

Incompetence in leadership could be attributed to insensitivity of those called to serve. Talk is cheap, action makes more rational sense.

This is the reason an international, non-partisan, non-profit, advocacy and campaigning organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support effective policies and programmes that are saving lives and improving futures has dedicated itself to campaign for global action against Extreme Poverty, Inequality and Climate Change.

The motivation is that when voices come together in unity and solidarity to make better demands from our leaders, the desired change we expect would definitely come.

Due to the significance of this campaign, it gained some international attention at the just concluded World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland.

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the 23rd of January, 2015, urged world leaders who gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to maintain their focus on a broad range of climate, development and gender equality issues, warning that as the global community continues to face multiple crises, the new year must be a time for ‘strong commitment’ from international stakeholders.

“2015 is a year of global action,” the Secretary-General said in remarks at the Forum’s plenary session on tackling climate, development and growth in 2015.

This year happens to be a critical year for the United Nations and its member states as they gradually head towards the deadline for achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).

Speaking at the World Economic Forum last week, the UN Secretary General said in quote: “With the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, with a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and a universal and meaningful climate change agreement by December this year in Paris, I think we can set our lives, our world, on course for a better future.”

A lot is required from our leaders in order to make this world a better place for all. This can only be achieved if we as individuals recognize our duty and congregate in unity, knowing fully well that there wouldn’t be any better time to perform this great feat not just for ourselves but for the generations unborn.

I learnt a lot as I followed the WEF activities and even subscribed for daily mail alerts to keep myself abreast of the trending topics and issues facing our globe. Of all the things I learnt, in a nutshell, I would like to emphasize that to achieve these goals of fighting against Extreme Poverty, Inequality and Climate Change, we should all see these goals as people-centred, planet sensitive and climate friendly.

The UN wants every individual concerned about the fulfilment of these goals to be at the centre of the vision.

As part of efforts to put an end to the Inequality and gender parity in our world today, the UN Secy General also drew the attention of the participants at the WEF to the on-going women-led HeforShe campaign.

British actress and goodwill ambassador of UN Women Emma Watson, launched the HeforShe anti-sexism impact 10X10X10 pilot initiative, which will be a one-year pilot-project geared toward advancing women by working with government, companies and universities in order to promote change within their respective communities.

Bono’s ONE Campaign committed to promote the new goals, and the need to accelerate action on the MDGs, while Chris Martin of the band ColdPlay, and Will I Am of Black Eye Peas committed to help end poverty through music.



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