Here are snippets of 5 rare humanitarian success stories of 2016 – let’s use these as an early start motivation to make 2017 even better!
CLIMATE CHANGE ACCORD
Paris Agreement enters into force
Given that 2016 broke a number of unenviable global warming records, it seemed advisable that the Paris Agreement to combat climate change, adopted by 195 countries in the French capital in December 2015, should come into force and be implemented in good time. The first, easier part was achieved surprisingly quickly – enough parliaments had ratified it even before delegates gathered in November in Marrakesh for Paris’s follow-up meeting, COP22. But as for implementation, the devil is in the detail, and much will depend on whether countries live up to the nationally determined contributions that underpin the Paris accord. Plans are now in place for countries to sign off on a new rulebook that envisages them taking responsibility for their own progress from 2020.
IS Strongholds breached – IS loses ground
The so-called Islamic State is being forced off the land it once controlled – Ramadi and Fallujah have been reclaimed and church bells can be heard ringing in defiance of the previous horror occupation.
Peace in Colombia
November saw an end to more than half a century of fighting when Colombia’s Congress approved a welcome PEACE deal with the FARC rebel group. This has brought NEW HOPE to millions of citizens, who can now start the process of healing. This PEACE INITIATIVE should be dedicated to and in remembrance of the more than 260,000 people, comprising mostly innocent civilians that have died in the conflict. Hope too of a new beginning for the nearly seven million people displaced as a result of the devastation caused by the conflict.
Canadians sponsor refugees
Who will ever forget the image of the drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi In September 2015, lying face down on a Turkish beach?
Well, for one thing, this incident galvanised the Canadian public into action, and they fast-tracked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s election promise to resettle 25,000 Syrians to Canada by the end of February 2016.
Our 2017 challenge is to find SUSTAINABLE ways to positively impact the lives of refugees – most grants only last for 1 year. And then what? Let’s d something about this by creating jobs, providing education, training and skill transfers.
5. Ebola vaccine “100% effective”
Let us put this out there – our Next Challenge: CANCER!