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Ban Ki Moon: World has reached defining moment

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    UN Secetary General Ban-Ki Moon

    The United Nations has declared point-blank, that the world has reached a defining moment, saying all is changing with the old rules breaking down.“We do not know what new order will emerge. Yet we can be confident: the United Nations will be at the fore,” the UN secretary general, Mr Ban Ki-moon remarked on Wednesday, in his end of year news conference in New York.

    Speaking nearly at the end of his first five-year term as the UN chief, Mr Ban said in September, the UN set out a vision for the next five years - a vision of solidarity for an era of upheaval and uncertainty. He said in his statement made available to The Citizen yesterday that the world was living in an era of uncertainty and inequity. “And we need to look at this issue and address this issue from a broader perspective, even political and historical perspectives,” he warned.

    The UN chief said not only in countries under oppression, but even in the developed world, people were demonstrating out of frustration. “That’s why I have been saying that this is quite a generational opportunity for the United Nations to address these issues. These generational opportunities do not come along often,” he said.

    He said the worst case was in the developed countries like the United States which had been spreading all throughout the developed world, adding that that is in the course of rapid industrialization and globalization where there has been some gap between the peoples.

    “There have been marginalized people, and there has been inequity between rich and poor and particularly we have not paid much attention to the women and youth groups,” he said.He said people were outpacing traditional institutions - in their desire for change - in their demands for democracy, justice, human rights and new social and economic opportunity.

    “Often, we have been saying that the young people will be the leaders of tomorrow. But they have already taken a leadership role today already,” said the UN boss. He said these were the people who were shouting and demonstrating in Tunisia, adding that a young man called Mohammad Bouazizi set himself on fire, provoking and igniting the flame of democratisation.

    “He was a young, helpless person. But his sacrifice has provoked and ignited this flame of democratization. Therefore, we have a political, moral and historical responsibility,” he said.Mr Ban appealed to the media to be part of the democratisation process saying: “Without your help, how can their voices be heard to the outside world?”

    The UN chief said although there were many means of communication, including the social media, yet the views and viewpoints of the media proper could be very helpful in helping this world to bridge the gap of inequity and provide equal opportunities to as many people as possible.

    He said one of imperatives for his second five-year term would be helping those countries in transition, particularly those countries that are able to attain their initial aspirations, like Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen. “It is very important that their success should be a sustainable one,” he said, explaining that the UN has been trying to help to provide technical and logistical support to Egypt and Tunisia in electoral processes.

    “We played an essential role in the liberation of Libya. We stand ready to continue to help Tunisia and Egypt at their request,” he said. He added: “...and we are also discussing with world leaders how we can provide the socio-economic support so that they can provide the good opportunities to particularly young people and women and marginalised groups of people.

    This is going to be one of the top priorities.”
    Mr Ki-moon said the UN will continue to champion the rights of women and children, adding: “What we preach to others, we must practice ourselves. Women hold more senior positions than ever in UN history. You will see many more during my second term, not only at the top.”

    He said the UN’s new emphasis on preventive diplomacy and mediation has produced encouraging results in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Cyprus and Nepal.

    In Côte d’Ivoire, said Mr Ki-moon, Laurent Gbagbo sought to subvert the will of his people but the UN stood firm for democracy and today he is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

    “We stood, as well, against Muammar Qaddafi when he vowed to slaughter his people like ‘rats’,” he said, adding that the UN has scored important victories during the last five years as it stood repeatedly for accountability against impunity.

    On the environment, Mr Ki-moon termed climate change as the defining challenge of the moment, saying he was determined to raise it to the top of the global agenda.


    Source: The Citizen
     
  2. String Theorist

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    He is trying trying to speed up the WORLD toward NEW WORLD ORDER.
     
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    ... AND ... Hence the older becomes NEW!!

    Honestly everything is changing in alarming speed! No one seem to have a control ... Look especially the POWER SHIFT ... TO THE PEOPLE!!
     
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    We need the new world order. But are we (Tanzania and other poor countries) reading the same from the UN observations?
     
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    Global level: The power shif from the founders of the UN (Walioshinda WWII) to contries considered as 'third world' pia inahusika kuwachanganya UN...
    National level: The recognition of traditional and cultural inheritence is another challenge that a "united nation" inapata. Nationalism per essence will fight globalisation...
    Local level: Emergence of strong civil societies all over the world is weakening the authority of the state. Zinawalazimisha ku-justify everything the say or do, and sometimes even before they say or do it publicly...
    Individual level: Kila mtu ameanza kugundua there is no "truth" out there, watu wanataka liberty at all level and this is defying the meaning of authority yoyote (moral, political, hata cultural). Identity yenyewe imekua so malleable that one would ask what is identity in this era...
    Hapo msione hivo, he is happy to leave before IT happens to the UN.
     
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    A very good perspective RR.. never had this 'picture' before. Ngoja nii-study na kui-understand hii perception or is it concept?
     
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    Hata sijui tuiiteje... it is a trend maybe (Azimio JIpya, wasemaje?). Inaonekana kila kitu kilikua kimekubalika mwanzo kinapingwa sasa hivi, just as it happened at the enlightment erra, modernism, na era zingine. Some call it post modernism ila because post modernism ilianza late 60's early 70's kuna scholars wanaita "post-post modernism".
    Ukiangalia kila discipline sasa hivi kuna pingamizi kubwa against the 'classical theories'.
     
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    We can clearly seen a new concept immerging, but are they poeple, like Marx, to craft the new concept into a sensible world system? I am just wondering
     
  9. AshaDii

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    Unajua the Great thing is... Ki moon's Words of the World having reached the defining moment is a FACT. Tanzania or any other poor Country at the moment may seem like they are not to take much in consideration (in terms of independent strong decisions) BUT the truth remains that there are new Rising nations/civil societies (as per Roulettes words) which will take that in advantage... We as poor nations are playing the wheel of fortune as of right now waiting where the wheel itagota and how it will indeed affect us... either way it will be at par!

    Hivo we as small nations may not have the power of independent strong decisions, But would have the power of independent strong decisions of those in loggerheads (new strong civil societs Vs The already old strong nations) and with the same power at stance. Hoping that thou most our leaders are thick headed would have the right mind on where to Bet.... Atleast am counting on Mugabe and Satta to do that.
     
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    Asha, I think globalisation has retarded us to some extent. We reached a point, in the recent past, we stoped thinking for oyurselves and took whatever was decided by the big shots simply because we are living ina globalised world. We stoped to appreciate the fact that we are an independent nation. na matokeo yake, there are counries like the Asian Tigers, ambao wakati tunapata uhuru tulikuwa tunalingana kiuchumi but today they are our role models.I think wao waliendelea kufikiria na kutekeleza kile ambacho kinawafaa... si tukasubiri IMF na WB wafikirie kwa ajili yetu.
    My worry is that is akina Mugabe and Satta enough to change the tred for us?
     
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    People have written, but it takes some times to shift a paradigm (in this case the supremacy of the western model as an ideal model for all nations). For their voices to be heard, their theories have to leave the university shelves and be used by practitioners on the field, then those practitioners have to give a feed back to the world: this revolutionary idea here works better in practice than the ideas we have been using so far. and then, the revolutionary idea becomes the truth, people write critics about the old ideas and new people start challenging the idea until few decades later there is a new paradigm shift.
    All in all there are no sufficient books to shift the paradigm OR the practitioners have boycotted them so far because they wouldn't dare...


    Kweli kabisa. The way out inakuja kwa njia kadhaa... one of them is that the World Bank and the IMF go bankrupt because their foundation are built in sand (growth, growth, growth hata kwa deni, and the money that sustains the growth is speculative and non existent. at some point the money in debt out-passes the money in cash and the system crumbles on itself). Another way is a shift in receiving countries and this leads to a boycott of the WB and IMF methods by practitioners both within those institutions and in receiving countries. or maybe a bit of all these together... Na hii ndio Ban Ki Moon anatutaarifu: soon there will be a shift. na nikasema he doesn't want to be there when people realize that the UN security council runs the world where we live (and suffer).
     
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    RR you're deep on that stuff, i like it.
     
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    the phoenix burns itself and out of ashes emerges new spanking phoenix....welcome to chaotic sea of Daniel's vision
     
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    Daniel's vision inaendeleaje, if I may ask?
     
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    The bolded part... It is exactly what I mean... Our nations (or should I say leaders) do not have guts of independent thoughts and decisions which may be of long run benefits of the nations and its people... hasa the majority. I think a study should be done as in why the countries of the same level both underpreviledged in time have such astounding differences in the levels of development mpaka AIBU kwa zile ambazo zipo stagnant i.e Tanzania. Pamoja na kwamba hizi inchi maskini hawana guts za decision... I believe they atleast have if it comes to choose btn the two evils...

    Hata hivo just mentioned Satta because I wanted to at least mention two African leaders who I have faith kua kweli waweza put on gloves when dealing with the Westerners.... For Satta it is still early to put confidence on him as much as he has such powerful manifestos on changing Zambia to a better one.
     
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    The way you put it makes a lot of sense!

    Yes, Its like some kind of inner awakening which gives a lot of power to an individual at personal level and make him/her realize that there is no enough truth outside there to run and FULFILL ALL HUMAN NEEDS!..

    And I think, if an individual is totally committed to such an awakening, `will be forced to INTERNALIZE the way of living and this will prompt a DOWNLOAD from within; the immense energy, power, potentials, individual authorities and all human virtues UN and all external world has never ever seen Before!!
    Talking of all "Classical theories being in trouble"

    ... Can you believe this?

    Cinchona
    yaani Mti kama ule wa unaitwa Mwarobaini! In Classic theory, It is believed to have something like 40 remedies ..or rather has remedies which can heal 40 human illnesses!

    Modern theories Argue that: Dawa 40 ni za kuutibu huo mti wenyewe...repeat loud and clear..dawa zilizoko kwenye mti wa mwarobaini nizakuutibu mti wa mwarobaini na sio za kumtibu mwanadamu!! ..Yes ..just a challenge!!

    They want us to respect that tree cause it is not depending from external world for remedies! Through history it has internalized its health needs and succeeded to produces its own remedies .. Kinyume na hapo .. It could have been perished from the surface of the earth! It only use from its external environment ..Air, sunlight, water, food and minerals!

    That is true INSIDE DEPENDENCE or IN DEPENDENCE for matters concerning health to that Tree! Yaani hicho kimbe (Mti wa mwarobaini)... Kimejitegemea Ki Afya!!

    Human beings should stop using those remedies and try to have their own IN DEPENDENCE...independence.. in matters concerning their highly evolved system of health!???!!

    Most of animals and trees out in the forests they are subjected as equally as human beings to various type of diseases ... but.. Most animals and trees has evolved and MAINTAINED their internal system in which to totally depend on their health .. while human being is rapidly loosing this kind of dependence ...to the External World!!

    The point here is:

    The current global shifting is kind of awakening human being to his internal world. That he must work on his internalization protocols and stop depending totally and completely to the external world as an externalized zombie!

    AND probably soon humanity will discover the lost secret of in dependent kind of healing system, after all why this type should only exist in all other living things except human being!? AND God forbid! If this happens only for some few % ..where will be the position of all external healthy industries especially WHO? May be the most important question should be will WHO empower such discoveries? and who who said WHO will be there indefinitely to monitor and asses all such discoveries?

    AND also, probably soon human will discover the lost secret of in dependent government, which is the true Independent, democracy, self governance etc and where will this put all the powers to our worldly leaders and especially UN?

    We can carefully and calmly Anallise this not only in healthy aspects, governance ..but also in all aspect of human and community development!

    Haha! hah!! What can we call this shifting ... ? ... May be taking one from what you suggested.."post-post modernism"!!

    Out of curiosity? What was the cause, leading to the past shifting/arras ? like enlightenment erra , modernism etc!
     
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    I am in agreement of the kind of study you proposed! But I can predict to a reasonable degree what kind of results the study will come up with!

    ... You said it already ....

    "Its the gut to individual and finally community internalization and become Inside dependent from that internalization as an Individual , the community and finally the Nation". Finally this would form the INTERNALIZED GLOBALISATION which is the Correct GLOBALIZATION, quite different from the present Globalization, THE EXTERNALIZED GLOBALISATION!

    Such virtue which can be part of internalized individual is strong moral character, nobility, credibility, self discipline, love, self respect, decision making, patriotism, self motivation for hard working etc .. These are some internal virtues which can really determine personal and National development!

    Please Dont ask me how do you get the our community at that level and depend on it, because I don't know!! or can I say .. let us allow ourself to be exploited and get used in all aspects of humanity/community well being and the pains will soon cause a work up call ....am nt sure ... Can you assist on this?
     
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    Mpuuzi huyu, kikaragoai tu.
     
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