Gambia: Sustainable Development

editorial

Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable - the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs. It is important to note here that the concept of sustainable development does has limits; not absolute limits but limitations imposed by the present stage of technology and social activities on the environmental resources, and by the ability of the biosphere to absorb the effects of human activities. But technology and social activities can both be managed and improved to make way for a new era of growth and development.

Our responsibilities to this effect are simple.We have to direct our actions in a manner that does not threaten our natural environment and as well endeavour to indigenize our development. The leadership of this country has always emphasised the need for Gambians to go back to the land so that we can consume what we produce; take centre-stage and utilise the country's economic growth potentials, and of recent to venture into massive tree planting operation, so that we can restore trees in our environment that have vanished as a result of natural causes or have fallen victim of human activity.

The satisfaction of human needs and aspirations is the major objective of development. This is why the process involves a progressive transformation of economy and society with every individual upholding a legitimate aspiration for an improved quality of life. One needs not to be a social scientist to know that the necessities that produce such a quality life is not ordained by God nor do we get them by chance. The conditions are created out of human activity.

It is in this light that we support the declaration of the Organisation of Islamic Conferences which was issued at the end of its Djibouti submit knowing full well that no man is an island and no man can stand alone.The OIC conference which focus on the theme ' Solidary for Sustainable Development' is both fundamental and urgent. The myriad political currents of the world today suggest nothing but solidarity and organisation among people particularly Muslimsin pursuit of a common objective.

We hope that members of the OIC would stand by the spirit of the declaration and stand in solidarity with each other to engender sustainability in development. Member countries must realise that this is important for, if countries insist on pursuing their individual goals without keeping the collective objective in mind, OIC shall be divided and it shall collapse. Time is appealing for solidarity and organisation, OIC member states should play by its game.

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