In a 17 page report, which is a summary of the outcome of a One – Day Conference of ‘US Expert on Africa’ convened in January 2005 and sponsored by the Country’s National Intelligence Agency to discuss likely trends in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next 15 years, emphasis was made that potential development might accelerate decline in Africa and reduce even our limited optimism. Another part of the report is quoted as follows;
“…while currently Nigeria’s leaders are locked in a bad marriage that all dislike but dare not leave, there are possibilities that could disrupt the precarious equilibrium in Abuja. The most important would be a junior officer coup that could destabilize the country to the extent that open warfare breaks out in many places in a sustained manner. If Nigeria were to become a failed state, it could drag down a large part of the West African Region. Even State failures in smaller Countries such as Liberia, Sudan etc., has the effect of destabilizing entire neighborhoods.”
On the International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day, people around the world take part in various activities and organize events centered on the theme “PEACE”. Events vary from private gatherings to public concerts and forums involving large audiences. The UN International Day of Peace is a global observance and not a public holiday. It is a day when nations around the world are invited to honor a cessation of hostilities during the day. In commemorating the UN International Peace Day in Nigeria, Peace Corps of Nigeria always collaborates with Major Stakeholders within and outside Nigeria.
The International Day of Peace for 2016 will hold September 21st 2016. PCN activities for the day will be revealed soon.
The cardinal objective of the Green Economy is about the future well being of the entire global community in all facets of human endeavour. It is about the future of our youth. Thus, Peace Corps of Nigeria, in its commitment to National Creativity, Peace and Youth Development, as well as the ideals of National Building, is a Major Groups and Stakeholders and is therefore convinced that Rio+20 is the right moment to take ambitious steps to address the key findings of strengthening the institutional framework for sustainable development and promoting a green economy in the concept of sustainable development and poverty eradication. The just concluded Thirteen Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF.13) held at Nairobi, Kenya attended by Delegates from the Peace Corps of Nigeria and other notable Africans has given birth to the need for the Nigerian Community to be sensitized on the objectives of Rio +20, especially on the Green Economy that borders on sustainable development.
The end of the cold war was celebrated in many circles to have effectively removed ideological barriers. However, that celebration was short-lived as the last three decades have so far witnessed a dramatic increase in a number of civil strife, extremism, and other forms of violence around the World. Nigeria for example, was not left out of these civil unrests having witnessed and still witnessing ethno-Religious and intra-State conflicts of devastating proportions. More alarming is the prolonged years of military rule and civil war. The proliferation of light weapons have made the younger generation more susceptible to the culture of violence, thuggery and banditry.
As a departure from this ugly scenario, what the global community needs today in order to develop and build ideal democratic culture is the gradual inculcation of the culture of peace and the practice of non-violence amongst the people from all races and creeds. Peace and harmony are achievable by imparting the ethics and spirit of peace building, mediation, conflict resolution, conflict management and confidence building. This can, however, be achieved with the re-orientation and commissioning of men and women of repute as experts who specialise in peace advocacy and conflict resolution.
The Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador with the acronym (SDG AMB) is an initiative of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) and has been registered by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) as PCN’s Intellectual Property.
It should be noted that during the 2015 United Nations’ General Assembly held at the Headquarters in New York City, USA, the post 2015 Development Agenda christened “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) was adopted by the plenary attended by over 140 Heads of States and Governments, Members of Diplomatic Corps, Representatives of UN Permanent Missions, Heads of UN Agencies and leaders of Civil Society Organizations, which PCN was part of. The UN process of horse trading and complex negotiations have thus created unimaginable long lists of 169 Development Targets. All of these targets are well intentioned but central to the attainment is Peace, which is UN highest calling.
It is therefore, in view of the compelling need for a holistic commitment to end insecurity of any kind, which constitutes a serious threat to a peaceful coexistence and sustainable development, as well as guided by the purposes and principles of the United Nations’ charter and by the commitment of all member states and organizations in Consultative Status to promote Peace, Human Rights and Development that compelled PCN to introduce the SDG Ambassador Award.
The Peace Corps of Nigeria with a mandate for Youth Advocacy resultantly and annually – every 10th of July - commemorates her achievements in a glamorous anniversary celebration that witnesses the presence of dignitaries of high repute. Part of the activities lined up for the event include:
- Anniversary Parade
- Award/Gala Nite
- Visit to Orphanage Homes, Prisons and Internally Displaced Persons’ Homes
- Jumat Prayer and
- Thanksgiving service.