Monday, August 3, 2015

Global Humanitarian Crisis




The number of people affected by humanitarian crises has almost doubled in the past decade. The United Nations and its partners continue to respond to humanitarian needs and emergencies resulting from conflict and/or global challenges such as climate change and environmental degradation.

The UN system is currently responding to four 'L3' emergencies.  They are: in Iraq, where the surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in an estimated 1.9 million internally displaced people across Iraq and left hundreds of thousands of people in need of assistance; in Syria, where millions of people are in need of humanitarian assistance, where many are trapped in hard to reach areas and more than US$ 5 billion is still needed in 2014 to meet the most urgent needs; in the Central African Republic, where over the past year, the country has experienced a major political crisis which has resulted in a violent conflict that has affected nearly the entire population and has left some 2.5 million people, over half the population, in dire need of assistance; and in South Sudan, where 1.7 million people have been displaced and around 4 million face alarming food insecurity as a result of the fighting that started in December 2013.

Other critical concentration areas include Burundi political crises, Nepal Earthquake, West Africa Ebola outbreak, Somalia and Central American drought.

Nearly 85 percent of the world’s young people live in developing countries, where most humanitarian crises occur. However, the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of these young people are widely unmet. Natural and man-made emergencies can disrupt the family, social, and economic structures that young people depend on, placing them at risk of poverty, violence, and sexual exploitation and abuse. In situations where education and health services are lacking or have been suspended, young people are left without access to SRH information and services and at the same time face higher SRH risks, such as substance abuse, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV infection, unwanted pregnancy, and unsafe abortion.
In response to these crises, new actors have taken a larger part in humanitarian action and various partnership models have arisen, including cash-transfer programmes and remote management of operations by using local organizations and partners to deliver assistance. The rising scale of needs, the persistence of protracted crises and the interplay of new risks have led to a continued global deficit in the capacity of Governments and humanitarian organizations to respond, suggesting a need for a shift in the way in which Member States and the United Nations and its partners prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises towards a more anticipatory approach.

POTENTIAL SOLUTION
Young people are often seriously affected when disasters strikes and can face severe difficulties in coping with unexpected and traumatic interruptions to their lives. But despite this, the world’s youth are also the very people who can teach their communities - and the wider world - how to reduce the risks and impact of disasters. Young people are unmatched by any other demographic group in their ability to bring about meaningful change in social behaviour and attitudes. We must not underestimate their potential to make a real difference in the time of disasters.
Young people must be their unique role and the value they can provide as innovators, inter-cultural ambassadors, peer-to-peer facilitators, community mobilizers, and advocates for vulnerable people.
A call to be committed to working on disaster preparedness, response and recovery, including innovative solutions in areas such as psychosocial support, advocacy for climate change adaptation, food security, and access to safe and clean water.
Youth networks are to play critical roles to raise awareness amongst children and young people about the problems caused by climate change, provided them with necessary training, and mobilized them as  agents of change in building the resilience of the communities to recurring drought and famine.
These are just some examples of what can be achieved when children and young people  become aware of their responsibilities and  potential to take an active part in the global efforts to resolve serious problems faced by humanity.

CONCLUSION
Each humanitarian disaster has its own set of challenges, and must be responded to accordingly. Phenomena such as unplanned urbanization, under-development, poverty and climate change are all factors that can make humanitarian emergencies more complex, frequent and/or severe.
As the international community prepares for post-2015 development and disaster risk reduction frameworks and the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, it will be important to recognize that development cannot be sustainable unless the risk of crises is addressed proactively as a joint priority.
Global challenges, such as climate change, environmental degradation, rapid population growth and unplanned urbanization, are all contributing to people's increasing vulnerability to natural disasters. These trends will alter the landscape of future environmental disasters and humanitarian crises. There is a critical need to help countries and communities to better adapt and quickly recover when such emergencies occur.  2015 marks the launch of post-2015 global agreement on sustainable development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. In 2016, the World Humanitarian Summit will develop the outcomes of these processes, exploring how humanitarian needs can be tackled in a fast-changing world


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Future of Energy

It is pertinent to note that the place of #energy in the global system cannot be over-emphasized. Presently, the source of globally energy dependence has contributed massive to environmental degradation and other negative effects including climate change, depletion of ozone layer, oil spillage, and acid rain.

We cannot however, continue to depend fully on energy source that on the other hand, do not support the ecosystem, therefore, the need to develop alternative energy sources which supports the environment with sustainable features. Already we have sources like solar and wind-mill which if utilized would significantly reduce the level of environmental degradation we currently face.

Currently, one major challenge with renewable energy is building its supply capacity to support heavy industrial and manufacturing sectors.


In overcoming the foreseeing challenges that accompany the utilization of renewable energy, we would require technological research to foster innovations where renewable energy could be able to power heavy industries. Furthermore, there is urgent need for political leaders, corporate organizations and CEOs especially from OPEC countries to think #diversification and #reinvestment of oil income in #renewable energy. This is a solution that requires committed rework.

Monday, September 15, 2014

African Youth Renaissance

Present ‪#‎African‬ youths must be alert and open their eyes to the reality on ground. Centuries ago, ‪#‎Portuguese‬‪#‎French‬ and ‪#‎Britons‬ gave our ancestors options on cruelty, using high level weapons of war to conquer, oppress and forcefully march Africans across oceans into slavery. In time, they now began to shift ideology and keyed into tricks of decolonization in pretence of leaving Africa.

From all indications, smart Africans would agree with me that much more than a stint of colonization is still seriously eating up Africa's growth and development. We are made to become spectators when it comes to control of our natural resources. Our leaders have been so maneuvered that they lost all catalyst that would promote internal democratization and good governance. We have been tuned to believe that the best only comes from abroad.
Dear African youths, lets look inward to see how blessed a continent we've got both in human capital and natural endowment, creativity, prowess, tenacity, courage and politeness of the African. We must as a generation rise up to the challenge of nation building, work together and fault the negative actions of our fore-bearers and even the present leaderships.
Answers to African challenges do not necessarily depend on the ‪#‎UN‬; we do not necessarily have to depend of foreign aid; what about the ‪#‎AU‬? what about all the income from our exports; what about the funds that these so called experts have syphon from our treasury? They are bribing us with peanuts and tactically draining Africa.
Let's check for instance, in all African countries where extractive companies are operated by multi-national companies (like ‪#‎ExxonMobil‬,‪#‎Shell‬, etc in Nigeria), has there been any Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) duly adhered to? None, not in any African country. Instead, the host communities are in dire hardship and poverty caused by the effect of the activities of these companies.
No hope in the wings of our current leaders for they've been used and reused. They are just playing a script.
However, Africa has a strength in youth demography. Yes! We must rise as a generation without timidity and challenge the status-quo; ask critical questions; raise alarm on persons who embezzle public funds for personal aggrandizement. Young Africans must set a platform that promotes brotherhood without stigmatization or partiality on power, wealth nor academic achievement.
Without mincing words, global focus has been shifted to Africa. Why? Africa is the most sustainable continent in the present global map. The same so-called colonizers are strategizing modernised colonisation -giving aid via huge loan bonds with stiffen MOUs; at the long run, the loans accumulates; fueling internal crisis all the way, ...*games*. Is there one Africa country that is not borrowing?
Why is it that more than at least 30 years of the so-called independence, Africa can't boast of outstanding institutes of technology, science and development. No research institutes, no dependable healthcare facility. Our young doctors, engineers, architects, social scientists, development workers, can only boast of MBAs and Master degrees obtained abroad. Why, why, why?
I want to provoke the thinking of African youths and potential leaders to think beyond attending ‪#‎Geneva‬ meetings and international conferences; to rethink about the prospects we all hold for our dear continent. Lets re-channel our collective efforts towards ensuring a total revamp of the polity "for if the foundation is faulty, the house is laid waste someday".
We as young African must meet here in Africa, leaving no youth behind and plan step-by-step modalities to twist and squeeze the hand of the thieves especially those in our midst, to retrieve our very inheritance. Else if we keep dancing to the lofty tunes they're playing into our wanting ears, hmm; I fear ruggedness of the modern-colonizer when he strikes.
Long live the youths of Africa!


Monday, August 4, 2014

African Development: The long path!

It's becoming very glaring the extent to which internal conflict and insurgency would barrier the growth of the African continent. In recent years, we have witnessed sharp emergence of #Islamist groups around countries in Africa including #Nigeria, #Kenya, #Sudan, Congo DR. This has occurred in a time when Africans are talking possible ways out of internal conflict which had taken critical toll around the continent, to mold foundational pillars to development

The very fact that these insurgent is perpetrated by Africans themselves raises queries that bugs the mind. Why should it be Africans rising against her very citizens? What political interest would push people to consider insurgency as an alternative to topple powers? 
I thought African people would have keyed into using issue-based and citizen-oriented strategies/advocacy to bring out the needed change. Let is not be that we have been willed into becoming our own enemies.

Fellow African youths, I am seriously bothered by what the future of this great continent would become in the face of dire insecurity and internally generated conflicts, considering the fact that many young Africans have taken initiatives to foster social change and development but can any development strive alongside insurgency?

This is just be one stanza of the whole hymn!

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Future of Energy


It is pertinent to note that the place of energy in the global system cannot be over-emphasized. Presently, the source of globally energy dependence has contributed massive to environmental degradation and other negative effects including climate change, depletion of ozone layer, oil spillage, and acid rain.

We cannot however continue to depend fully on energy sources that do not support the ecosystem. Therefore, the need to develop alternative energy sources which supports the environment with sustainable options. Already we have sources like solar and wind-mill which if utilized would significantly reduce the level of environmental impact we currently face.

Currently, one major challenge with renewable energy is building its supply capacity to support heavy industrial and manufacturing sectors; that is for developed countries. Developing countries still has a very farther miles to trek.

In overcoming the foreseeing challenges that accompany the utilization of renewable energy, we would require technological research to foster innovations where renewable energy could be able to power heavy industries. Furthermore, there is urgent need for political leaders, corporate organizations and CEOs especially from OPEC countries to think diversification and reinvestment of oil income in renewable energy. This is a solution that requires committed rework.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Children...They Count


On Children and sustainable development, I just want to be specific about some challenges surrounding this issue in Nigeria. This is important because Nigeria happens to be a member state to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Currently, Nigeria's demography is bent on its youthful generation, which amounts up to 80 percent of the over 160 million people in the country.

Children specifically are facing a lot challenges ranging from orphanage, violation and deprivation of their rights to parental care/support, education, enabling environment for growth etc. Various insurgences in both Southern and Northern Nigeria has squarely affected the well-being of children. In the whole, this is proven when you drive along the roads of major cities and towns in Nigeria. What you see are children begging road users for help -whether financially or otherwise, to assist them survive. This to me, raises so many questions unanswered questions.

Government with the support of individuals, corporate organization and NGOs have to urgently work out sustainable modalities and strategies to take children off the street, by directly taking charge of those street kids and also going further to inquire about situations that led to their becoming beggars. 

Paying deaf ears to these issues would continuously create chaos and instability in the society. These children are growing and becoming more vulnerable to drug use and abuse, child pregnancy, unsafe abortion, rape, thuggery, armed robbery and all forms of societal violation and illegalities. What future do we expect if these gaps keep widening?

"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear." -Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa
"Children are our most valuable resource." -Herbert Hoover, 31st U.S. president

"I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams!" -David Vitter, U.S. senator
"It's the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." -Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun
 
 




Thursday, January 24, 2013

Now that I've Grown


The hoods have their different lessons to learn from–childhood, teenage, puberty, maturity and adulthood. I 've had it all –the goodest, baddest, and the ugliest but yet to get the best. At a particular stage, I used to read books, view movies and listen to stories maybe to just grab it; but now I found out that the whole ideology, concept and perspective towards all that has completely changed. Whether it’s a book, movie or story (gist); I would try as much as possible to learn one thing at least from it.

Someone who averagely knows me would accept the fact that I do argue whenever the need arises. Mom would say “I knew that you will argue”. For me, that is just a clear sign of mind-maturity. As a teenager, one has to only accept everything; go on with every quotable quotes. It is different now. I would not accept all quotes and I would just not go with your opinion. This is because I believe that in every issue bothering on whether the society, groups or an individual, people should have their personal opinion about it. Sincerely I would come into your discussion if and only if I have an idea about such issue.  But it’s hard in a society where people wants theirs and only theirs opinion to be final.  They do not subscribe to others who may express a bit of discomfort. Are we not democratic? Look! I’m not one of those guys whom you can just bring up a cooked methodology to the table and think I’d just give a clap to it. For Heaven sake, time and situation changes; so does people and philosophy. Though I’m very optimistic; I do not rule out the possibility of risk. People do say “opportunity comes but once” but me I say “no”. Opportunity come ample times but disguised.
 
What about hope? Don’t confuse me about it. Hope is just as faith. Just as “faith without work is dead”, hope without plan is unrealistic. You can spend days, weeks, months and years to think (“hope”); script it above your bed to see your vision every morning as you awake. If there’s no practical step aiming at it; sorry its just but a mirage. I never said it is wrong to be hopeful, all I’m saying is “don’t let the “hope” thing get you lazy and you just believe that manna would just fall from above. Hope requires a pragmatic plan of action.

Believe me I now realize why I loved Obama’s campaign unconsciously against all odds. Hey, I have read “The Audacity of Hope” and another of his work. They are both inspiring but that isn’t it. After all, there are many other good authors. Only that the theme of his campaign wasn’t something like “We Hope we can” or “There’s hope for America”. “Yes! We can” is practical. Every individual could also say “Yes! I can”. It is such a push that moves the inner-man.

What a sentimental society filled with eye-services? Workplace, religious groups, families, politics even among buddies and so on; everyone is just acting on sentiments. Please, I and others like me are not just comfortable.

Hope I did not terrorize your mind. If I did, make your view public too.