The Global Efforts Initiative acknowledges that a lot of progress has been made over the years but a lot more still needs to be done. Developing countries still struggle with background challenges that have continued to pose a major threat to their political, social and economic development. On the other hand, developed countries have continued to demonstrate goodwill and commitment towards aiding in the development of developing countries and thus their efforts need to be applauded.
It is an important and significant milestone that has been realized over the years and it is imperative that the leadership be applauded for their contributions in one way or the other. International organizations and institutions like the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund have continued to come to the aid of the less privileged and have continued to come up with policies, strategies and goals that clearly demonstrate their determination and commitment towards alleviating human suffering in many ways and fostering human development in all sectors. It is noteworthy that the international community has adopted regular practices of convening conferences and forums in an aim to bring together ideas, evaluate progress and come up with better strategies to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The culture of such high profiled gatherings has been characteristic of the international community since time immemorial and such has served its purpose for as long as it has. The world today faces difficult challenges and with every passing day we seek unity, forge partnerships and form strategic alliances to continue to rise above these challenges. Among the fundamental lessons that we have learnt in the past, if history counts, is we have the power to make the work that we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning.
Indeed faith should bring us together and for this the Global Efforts 360 Initiative seeks to reaffirm this fundamental human principle. We recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not with soldiers and armies, but with sturdy alliances, partnerships and enduring convictions. They understood that power alone cannot protect us neither are our boundaries nor civilizations. They understood that our power grows through its prudent use, our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more we can meet new threats that demand even greater effort, greater cooperation and greater understanding among the community of nations. Our success depends on the reach of our prosperity and on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart, not out of charity but because it is the only route to our common good. The Global Efforts 360 Initiative calls for humanity to embrace united efforts and collective responsibility not just for the benefit of a brighter tomorrow but also that of a better today.
THE GLOBAL EFFORTS 360 INITIATIVE
The Global Efforts Initiative seeks to introduce a new strategy that defines an era of new responsibility. Behold the old has gone and the new has come. This is the defining moment that reawakens the culture of pulling together for the common good and for the betterment of the human race. Our humanity has been defined by the challenges of poverty, disease, desperation, homelessness and thus has culminated to a state of uncertainty and hopelessness widely shared.
Our faith in the ability to forge our communities and nations ahead has fast ran out and the bonds that tie us together are memories frozen in time. The unity that was characterized of the early church and that which was held in the highest regard by our forefathers and ancestors has been replaced with disunity, mistrust and suspicion for one another. The words we sing in our national anthems and recite in our loyalty pledges have lacked to instill the much needed sense of belonging and patriotism. Many are the times that we sing the anthems but fail to reflect on the significance and magnitude of the messages they seek to pass.
The Global Efforts Initiative uniquely endeavors to lead humanity in reconciling with its past and opening a new window of hope and faith in the efforts of each other. We seek in the end, the prosperity and the success of all humanity in their uniqueness in culture, religion, ethnic backgrounds, race and color. We seek to reaffirm the simple concept of E pluribus Unum; Out of Many, We are One. A simple concept to which we all subscribe. So long as our relationship with each other is defined by our differences, we will continue to empower those who sow hatred rather than peace and those who promote conflict rather than the co-operation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end.
The Global Efforts Initiative recognizes that change cannot happen overnight. No policy, strategy or even agenda can eradicate years of mistrust nor can this initiative seek to answer the complex questions that have brought us to this point. But we are convinced in order to move forward, we must say openly the things we hold in our hearts and minds. There must be a sustained and united effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other, to respect one another and to seek common ground. As an initiative we are humbled by the task before us and firm in our belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart.
Recognizing our common humanity is only the beginning of our task. Words alone cannot meet the needs of our people. These needs will only be met if we act boldly in the years ahead and if we understand that the challenges we face are shared and that our failure to meet them will cripple us all. So whatever we think of our past, we must not be prisoners of it. Our problems must be dealt with through partnership and that progress must be shared.
This initiative seeks to forge partnerships with all individuals, groups, institutions and organizations that have an interest in partnering with communities to empower their livelihoods.
The fundamental objective of this initiative is to ensure that the people have an opportunity to directly participate in decision making forums taking place in any corner of the world. It is important that people are aware of how decisions are reached and make a contribution on how they would want their livelihoods influenced.
It is important that we introduce new ideas and opinions that would go a long way in ushering in a new perspective on how we approach the challenges that we face as a global community. New ideas will impact our world with new understanding and introduce a new approach on how we handle issues on human development.
This initiative will strengthen the prospects of the realization of the much envisioned global village and will play a pivotal role in strengthening global partnerships for global development.
Now, there are some who will question the scale of our ambitions. Some who will suggest that our innovation and system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short, for they have forgotten what humanity has already achieved. What empowered men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose and necessity joined to courage.
Many of us are skeptical that real change can occur. There is so much fear, so much mistrust. But if we choose to be bound by the past, we will never move forward. The Global Efforts Initiative seeks to say to every single human being on the face of this earth that, you, more than anyone, has the ability and ultimate responsibility to remake this world.
Our challenges may be new and the instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends, honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism, these things are surely old. These things are surely true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What the Global Efforts Initiative demands is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of collective responsibility. A recognition on the part of every human being that we have duties to ourselves, our communities, our nations and most importantly to humanity. Duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
Finally, all of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart or whether we commit ourselves to a sustained effort to seek common ground, to focus on the future we envision for future generations and to respect the dignity of all human beings. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Global Efforts Initiative, Vision 360.
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