Morning, Morning guys and gals.
If you don’t already know, this new year 2011 has been proclaimed by the UN to be the International Year for People of African Descent. Wow, that’s nice I thought. But then I wondered, why do we need a year? Either we’re doing something worthy of positive attention in the world or… we need help. So I looked it up and here’s what the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization said about it (italics mine):
“The Year aims at strengthening national actions and regional and international cooperation for the benefit of people of African descent in relation to their full enjoyment of economic, cultural, social, civil and political rights, their participation and integration in all political, economic, social and cultural aspects of society, and the promotion of a greater knowledge of and respect for their diverse heritage and culture.”
One comment I read in response to this news in an online newspaper was basically saying that the UN was up to another one of its useless charades. The person pointed out that the UN had failed to stop the atrocities that occurred in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda, North Korea among others and that this was all just talk but again, there will be no significant action.
What do you think? Do you think the UN is well-intentioned but disappointing in action? or Do you think they do their best and may actually work with the international community to strengthen international cooperation for the benefit of people of African descent (whomever that includes)?
Another question is, if the UN really is a flop, what can and should African nations do for themselves this year? I think that those nations with stable governments should take the lead, start afresh and start digging themselves out of the Survival Trap.
Eric Kacou talked about the Survival Trap at a TEDx talk in Kigali last April, and during our interview with him in a feature article called, ‘What are we doing today for tomorrow”
Check it and as always, thoughts are welcomed.