9 May 2013

Gambia: Sustaining the Future


The objective of development is to meet the needs and aspirations of the people. Humanity has the capacity and potential to meet these needs in a sustainable manner, without exploiting or deteriorating its natural resources.

We have to meet our needs without compromising the needs of the future generation. This is the basic principle behind sustainable development.

The earth is one; the world is not. We all depend on one biosphere for sustaining our lives, yet each community, each country strings for survival and prosperity with little or no regard for its impact on others.

Some consume the earth's resources at a rate that would leave little for future generations while others, many more in number, consume far too little and live with the prospect of hunger, squalor, disease and early death.

This situation is much more complex as the world found itself in an interconnected economic sphere. This gave birth to transnational corporations, most of which now take centre-stage in the exploitation of the earth's resources for human survival and maximisation of production, undermining their basic concept of emergence.

As the world enters a technological age that coordinates human activities, it is time to take a sober reflection on the reality of the world economy so that we can pay our debt to the future generation.

Most of the earth's resources are found in countries where poverty, disease and hunger are a common phenomenon for survival while trans-national corporations have their roots from nations that are at the core of the global economy. This uneven distribution of the world's resources is however a natural phenomenon, but its exploitation, control and management rest in the hands of humanity.

As the world therefore debates the future we want for post 2015 development planning, we call on all stakeholders in the development discourse to demand and uphold equal commitment towards sustainable development. Otherwise, we shall never get the future we want.

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