From here at Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Initiative, I join you in bidding goodbye to 2021 and welcoming 2022.
2021 was a year of woes; a year of sweat, tears and blood; a year during which preventable conflicts escalated, insecurity and poverty increased exponentially across the globe, while the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of climate change pushed humanity to the precipice.
The COVID-19 pandemic has, without doubts, activated a global socioeconomic crisis that has pushed national economies to breaking point, as sickness, death, poverty, inequality and hunger continues to ravage mankind. As Jobs continue to disappear, debts are mounting, while families continue to struggle for survival, with strife and insecurity intensifying everywhere.
However, despite these gargantuan challenges, all hope is not lost. Conflicts, economic crisis, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are challenges that can be effectively addressed if we act as a united force.
The central ambition of Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Initiative for 2022 is to build an African and, by extension, a global coalition to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the continent’s several internecine conflicts; a new alliance for positive peace.
Individuals, national governments, corporations, religious organisations, academic/research institutions, civil society groups, non-governmental organizations, all members of the Multi-Track Diplomacy spectrum, have significant roles to play towards achieving this noble vision.
We can make 2022 a year of restoration, by working as a team to prevent the eruption of fresh conflicts within and between nations, mitigate ongoing ones, check the spread of COVID-19, alongside its attendant socioeconomic disruptions, and resolve the climate crisis. This must be our collective resolve for 2022.
From Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Initiative, I wish you all a happy, prosperous, peaceful and tranquil New Year.