MESSAGE FROM PAULO CASACA ARCHUMANKIND DIRECTOR
After a long period of economic, social and political progress, the international order is in deep distress. The most important international institutions have not been able to confront expansionism and other forms of aggression, the systematic use of chemical weapons or the build-up of nuclear weapon programmes which are non-compliant with existing agreements.
Freedom, democracy and human-rights are in recess. Religious supremacism under the guise of Jihad promoting territorial expansion, terrorism and fanaticism are on the rise. Both old and younger imperial powers resume their ambitions. Modern techniques are used to so as to limit human rights. We seem to witness the materialising of the darkest political and social predictive models articulated in last century.
Large parts of the globe are regressing in terms of human progress; inequality is rising nearly everywhere; both industrial and bank monopolies are squeezing humanity while economic institutions are imposing harsh austerity measures as the sole way of equilibrating economies.
The international order makers are ever more encroached in their own world using an ever more exclusive jargon and euphemistic vocabulary which ignores reality. International operations are developed for the sake of their managers rather than for that of the people they are supposed to serve.
The tremendous challenges posed by the human predatory pressure on Nature are not seen in their holistic dimension, but on a piecemeal fashion - enhancing bureaucratic and declaratory reactions rather than efficient pragmatic moves.
Appeasement of the aggressors and fanatics seems more important than promoting justice and peace for the aggressed. International institutions are hijacked, promoting the reverse of what they are supposed to - most in particular, racism under the guise of anti-Zionism.
A collective ‘Stockholm syndrome’ is contaminating international leaders and structures. From the erroneous thought that one can appease the offender by considering their acts and ambitions as legitimate and denying all evidence showing this not possible (phase 1) we are now seeing important European decision-makers openly siding with the aggressors - bizarrely claiming they have to compensate for the fact that some people still see them as aggressors (phase2).
The World of non-governmental organisations and the media is ever less independent from governments, international official institutions, vested interests or simply whoever pays them.
The slicing of the environmental challenges we are facing into different non-communicating ‘boxes’ – for example climate change as a different issue than environment, as it is now formalized in the European administrative structures – has a number of consequences. It makes it possible to see our environmental challenges become but a mechanism for promoting even worse environmental dangers (such as the fission nuclear industry). We also witness the pursuit of policies designed to increase inequality (such as the one which recently led to popular revolt in France) and/or policies that contribute nothing to finding positive solutions.
The major calls for proposals made by both United Nations or European Union do not equate problems rationally; instead they constitute an appeal for ‘civil society’ to repeat their own prejudices using their own jargon without any positive advance in the humanitarian solutions needed to face the problems we must.
And yet, humanity never achieved so much in its technological capacity to answer all of these problems or ever came closer to easily overcome these repeated ills.
During the past eight years the need to build an alliance among those who desire to reconstruct human cooperation has become ever more evident. The method has to be pragmatic; the alliances built with variable geometry. We must stick by our foundational principles. The issues may vary, but they should embrace all those forgotten or ill-considered in the international fora.
The seven w – women; world without discrimination; watch human rights; war; water; waste; weather – we choose for our programme are still adapted to describe our challenges, and we wish to find ways to put them together.