It was my first time in New York, I went there by myself, did not know anyone and did not know how the train system works (“subways”), I never heard of this before. It was quite an experience and interesting trip.
I left Philadelphia to new york at 6 am to be there at least by 9 am so I can have enough time visiting the city and exploring places like the statue Liberty where Therese Okoumou made history on 4th of July 2018, also places like the Brooklyn bridge, central park, the famous time square, etc but my mission and goal was to visit the United Nations HQ, try at least to see by myself where some of the leaders will come and lie publicly about the progress they are doing in their nations, of how they are planning to organize elections that year, how they are planning to respect human rights, how they are planning to handle immigrants and refugees, etc but as well where some of the leaders really show passion and compassion for humanity, most of these leaders are not president but figures in their countries and who are contributing a lot to make this world a truly united nation, like the likes of Dr Mukwge, Recent Nobel peace prize winner 2018
leaders like the late Kofi Annan, Ban Ki-Moon, Mandela Madiba, etc
The aim of this post is to show what the United Nations should do in order to make this world a better place in my point of view.
My first entrance at the united nation HQ, what impressed me was this Knotted Gun, which is a pro-peace sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswrd, designed in late 1980 and inspired by the shooting death of his pal, John Lennon. It was given to the UN by the government of Luxembourg in 1988.
And to me, this clicked into my mind of the world that we should really want to live, a world that we will live in peace and Rest in peace, not a world that we will only Rest in peace after living a cruel life, a life of war, disaster, hunger, massacre, rape, children into military, etc.
Thank you, Carl, for this gift that opened my mind to that kind of life I may want for my children and grandchildren.
This is what I call upon all the planet leaders to embrace, a world where we will LIVE as one, possibly even without borders, without heavy firearms, without nuclear, but a life as United, the question is can we have this world?, the answer to me is yes, if we do want to.
After my entrance, I then went into this promised land. and our tour guide was none other than SAM a very charismatic, smart, knowledgeable woman, she was just patient with us and gave us the history of the United Nations the work they are doing and the steps the UN is trying to take forward. I use to think that I am smart, just to find out this smart young leader.
She toured us for almost 2 hours, and it was probably her last tour of the day, around 5 pm, although the long day she had, she was so patient with us, which is something I always appreciate in people, patience.
The United Nations has a lot to do, I was amazed to see the amount of daily spending the UN does per day in the military, this money adds up minute per minute, second per second, to give you an idea of what am saying watch this video, for the password (comment below and I will provide you) . from
this video you will understand the amount of work that the Un need to do in order to lower down the cost of military spending worldwide and focus on more human needs. education, justice, etc, the money that is being spent in this military can eliminate The number one Goal of SDG which is to End poverty in all its forms everywhere, in like 60 days if you add up the daily expenditure of this spending, it can totally eliminate poverty in this planet
My point of view is that if the UN could encourage a corporate world where we have truly a united nation, and at least value basic needs like education and Health, then SDGs could be a past thing by now, the money that is being spent in this military is crazy? and countries need to act and step up to end violence and conflict because this money is spent because of heavy conflicts ongoing, and which makes the UN deploy peacekeepers, to whom which actually do not do much than monitoring and standing between as a referee. and some are in the mission of looting and stilling. if we could leave as good neighbors and avoid conflicts, we could redirect this money to more crucial things and save this planet from things that we are facing now
Tiken Jah Fakoly in his songs Plus Rien Ne M’Etonne sums it us for us today, the UN should dig deep and see who are the causers allow me to say so of conflicts, and do really jail them because they are creating trouble and war which are causing refugees and social problems, also to make follow up of these organization that are creating weapons that are used, what if we didn’t have such kind of weapons and our solo weapon be living in harmony with everyone?? free market trade, visa-free? would we have terrorist or friends? would we have leaders who want to stay forever in power or leaders who want to train the next generation and retire at 45?.
The UN has a lot of work to do and they should it without prejudice, and we as young people are ready to walk this journey to really make a world a better place for us and the next generation.
In the 21st century, poverty wouldn’t be a talk of the media people should be speaking of where to keep all these resources we have.
United Nation, you have work to do and I recommend changing the direction and not bowing in front of them.