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Global Challenges: Chinese Government Rolling Out Blueprints

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By Raphael Oni*

In today’s interconnected world, it is crucial for us to come together and address the global challenges that affect all of us. Climate change, poverty, disease outbreaks, and political conflicts are all issues that require all nations to work together and collaborate. By working together, sharing resources and knowledge, and implementing sustainable solutions, we can make a positive impact on these challenges. It is critical that we prioritise collaboration, empathy, and innovation in order to create a better future for our planet and all its inhabitants.

Ten years ago President Xi Jinping propounded the idea of building a global community of shared future, answering a question raised by the world, by history, and by the times: “Where is humanity headed?” His proposal lights the path forward as the world fumbles for solutions, and represents China’s contribution to global efforts to protect our shared home and create a better future of prosperity for all.

Let us commit to addressing global challenges with determination and dedication, knowing that our actions today will shape the world for generations to come. We must also acknowledge that addressing global challenges necessitates a long-term mindset and consistent effort. It is not enough to simply respond to crises as they arise; we must also invest in preventative measures and build resilience to future challenges. This means supporting education, research, and development in fields such as renewable energy, public health, and conflict resolution. It also means promoting policies that prioritize the well-being of people and the planet over short-term economic gains. By taking a holistic approach to global challenges, we can create a more just and sustainable world for all.

China has put forward a proposal for a shared future, emphasizing cooperation and collaboration among nations. This vision seeks to foster mutual understanding, respect, and peaceful coexistence to address global challenges.Through this proposal, China aims to promote sustainable development, economic prosperity, and cultural exchange on a global scale. By working together, countries can build a more harmonious and prosperous world for future generations. This proposal reflects China’s commitment to multilateralism and the belief that shared prosperity benefits all nations. It is a call for unity, solidarity, and collective action to create a better future for humanity.

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Globalisation has improved the worldwide allocation of production factors such as capital, information, technology, labour, and management. As if connecting scattered lakes and creeks into an uninterrupted expanse of water, it draws nations out of isolation and away from the obsolete model of self-reliance, merging their individual markets into a global one and combining their respective experiences into world history.

 

As information technology advances with every passing day, most prominently in the fields of Internet, big data, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence, human exchanges have become deeper, broader, and more extensive than ever before, and countries are more interconnected and interdependent than at any point in the past. Globalization is not an option; it is the reality and the way of life. The global village is getting smaller – the longest distance between two places on earth has been reduced to a flight of no greater than 24 hours, and our planet is becoming flat – one tap on a mobile phone connects us to the other side of the world in a split second. This is an integrated world. Those who turn their back on it will have no place in it.

China’s proposal for a shared future has gained significant attention and support from various nations worldwide. The vision of cooperation and collaboration among countries has been seen as an effective means to address global challenges. This proposal emphasizes the importance of mutual understanding, respect, and peaceful coexistence, which are crucial elements in building a harmonious and prosperous world. Moreover, China’s initiative aims to promote sustainable development, economic prosperity, and cultural exchange on a global scale. By working together towards these goals, countries can create a better future for generations to come.

China’s commitment to multilateralism is reflected in this proposal, which highlights the belief that shared prosperity benefits all nations. It is indeed a call for unity, solidarity, and collective action towards achieving a better future for humanity.

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The success of China’s proposal for a shared future will depend on the willingness of nations to work together towards common goals. This vision requires a shift in mindset from competition to cooperation, and from isolationism to openness. It is important for countries to recognize that their individual interests are intertwined with the interests of the global community. By working towards shared objectives, nations can create win-win situations that benefit all parties involved.

China’s proposal also emphasises the importance of international dialogue and communication, as well as respect for one another’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. These principles are critical in fostering trust and peaceful coexistence between nations. Furthermore, China’s emphasis on sustainable development is critical in addressing urgent environmental issues like climate change and pollution. Cooperation among nations is required to address these issues and ensure a livable planet for future generations.

Overall, China’s proposal for a shared future offers a hopeful vision of the world, emphasising collaboration over conflict and mutual benefit over personal gain. It is up to all nations to embrace this vision and collaborate on a better future for humanity. To achieve China’s vision of a shared future, nations must collaborate on common goals. This necessitates a shift in mindset from competition to collaboration, and from isolationism to openness. Countries must recognise that their individual interests are inextricably linked to those of the global community. Nations can create win-win situations by working together to achieve common goals.

Furthermore, we must acknowledge that addressing global challenges does not require a one-size-fits-all approach. Different regions and communities face distinct challenges that necessitate tailored solutions. It is critical to involve local stakeholders and empower them to take ownership of solutions that work in their unique context. This entails investing in capacity building and providing resources to support local innovation and entrepreneurship. By promoting diversity and inclusivity in our approach to global challenges, we can ensure that everyone has a say and a stake in building a better future for all. Let us work together to make the world a more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful place for future generations.

There is no hard rule that a rising power will always seek hegemony. This assumption reflects typical hegemonic thinking and is based on memories of catastrophic wars between hegemonic powers in the past. China has never accepted the notion that once a country becomes powerful enough, it will inevitably seek hegemony. China understands history’s lesson: hegemony leads to decline. We seek development and revitalization through our own efforts, rather than invasion or expansion. And everything we do is with the goal of improving the lives of our people while also creating more development opportunities for the rest of the world, not to outcompete or subjugate others.

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The strong preying on the weak is not a way for humans to get along. If the law of the jungle is imposed on human society, and the concept of “might makes right” prevails, the principle of sovereign equality will be fundamentally undermined, putting world peace and stability in jeopardy. In the age of globalisation, all countries are interdependent and connected. As a result, the law of the jungle and a winner-takes-all mentality will lead nowhere; inclusive development for the benefit of all is the way forward. China has consistently advocated for equity and justice, and it remains committed to friendly cooperation with other countries based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence to advance democracy in international relations.

 

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Nigeria, Cameroon Sign MoU to Fight Trans-Border Wildlife Trade, Others

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The Nigerian government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with neighbouring Cameroon to work together to combat transborder wildlife trade while also promoting ecosystem conservation and forestry resource management.

The agreement was signed on Friday in Abuja by Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Balarabe Abbas, and Cameroon’s Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Jules Doret Ndongo.

During the signing of the MoU (Cooperation Framework Agreement on Transboundary Ecosystem Conservation and Sustainable Management of Forestry and Wildlife Resources), the Nigerian Minister stated that the agreement represents a watershed moment and serves as a foundation for the establishment of a joint transboundary management framework.

He explained that the implementation of the agreement aims to supervise and coordinate identified areas of cooperation, ensure special protocols are consistent with identified areas of cooperation, collaborate in the implementation of common transboundary programmes, and develop the institutional and mobilisation of funds for the implementation of common transboundary programmes.

The Minister stated: “Apart from the global phenomenon of climate change and environmental challenges, social factors such as overpopulation, poverty, and food insecurity have continued to push these resources to the brink of extinction. While this is going on, transboundary criminality such as illegal logging, poaching and wildlife trafficking have further aggravated the trend and seem to have vindicated the reverberating but appalling warning revealed in the landmark Inter-Governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 2019 Global Assessment Report that about one million species are threatened with extinction, and many within decades.

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“With our common border spanning over 1,500 km, halting and reversing the unsavoury trend cannot be achieved by the political will and commitment in a country alone but more promising is the adoption of bilateral and multilateral approaches particularly when considering the continuum and migratory nature of these resources against the backdrop of the complexities of their transboundary management and conservation.

“To that extent, the event of today is of great significance as it does not only underscore the commitment of the Renewed Hope Agenda of the present Government to collaborate with Cameroon to manage and conserve our shared natural resources but also demonstrates the importance of bilateral cooperation in tackling global challenges. As a result of this long history, this agreement can be viewed as a fitting response to the parties’ international commitments.

“It symbolises a milestone and provides a platform for the establishment of a joint transboundary management framework, which will facilitate cooperation and coordination between our countries on matters relating to the conservation and sustainable use of our natural resources. This framework will be instrumental in ensuring the effective conservation and sustainable management of our forests and wildlife resources, which are critical to our ecosystem services, livelihoods, and sustainable development.

“This agreement will further facilitate the development and implementation of joint programmes and projects for the conservation and sustainable management of transboundary ecosystems, and also foster the sharing of experiences, knowledge, and best practices between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Cameroon.”

On his part, the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Cameroon, Jules Doret Ndongo assured that Cameroon would do everything possible to implement the agreement.

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He said, “The over-exploitation of forestry resources and poaching, especially cross-border poaching, are serious threats to the sustainable management of our natural resources and constitute thus one of the causes of climate change.

“Given its significance, I hereby urge all parties involved in this process to become more committed to the implementation of this instrument.Rest assured that Cameroon’s government will do everything in its power to put this agreement into effect,” he said.

“It marks a watershed moment and serves as the foundation for the development of a joint transboundary management framework, which will facilitate cooperation and coordination among our countries on issues related to the conservation and sustainable use of our natural resources.

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ECOWAS Court To Train Sierra Leone Lawyers, Law Students

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Justice Asante and some lawyers

The ECOWAS Court will hold a training programme for Sierra Leone lawyers and law students on the sidelines of its 2024 international conference to deepen their knowledge of the Court and improve their practice, according to the Court’s President, Justice Edward Amoako Asante.

The president stated during a meeting with the executive of the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA) in Freetown on Tuesday that the resource persons for the training will be senior lawyers from the Court who will attend the conference.

He stated that the training would hopefully fill a knowledge gap in the Court among legal practitioners in the country, given that the majority of the lawyers appearing before the Court for Sierra Leone cases were from outside the country.

Justice Asante urged the leadership of the SLBA to help with the process for the successful conduct of the training, working in collaboration with other relevant bodies in the country including the leadership of the law school to streamline the participation and other elements of the training.

He announced that the President of the SLBA, Eddinia Michaela Swallow Esq., will deliver a goodwill message at the Court’s 2024 conference, which will be historic because it will be the first time the President of a country’s bar association has been permitted to do so since the inaugural conference in 2004.
Earlier, the President of the SLBA had thanked the Court for the ‘amazing opportunity,’ granted the country to host the conference describing it as the fulfilment of a dream for her and members of the legal profession in the country.

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She suggested that the Court collaborate with Member State bar associations to educate lawyers about the Court’s specifics in order to improve their practice, particularly for those who may appear before the Court.
Justice Asante is leading a 12-member delegation from the Court to discuss arrangements for the successful hosting of the Court’s 2024 international conference, which is scheduled to take place between May 13th and 16th, 2024.

The conference’s theme is “Improving the role, relevance, and effectiveness of the ECOWAS Court of Justice by strengthening synergies between the Court and national stakeholders.”

The President stated that it will serve as a forum for constructive discussions about the Court’s strengths and weaknesses in its relationships with various national stakeholders, as well as practical solutions to improve the Court’s role, relevance, and effectiveness.

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In Amman, Executive Secretary Of NCPC Meets With Jordan’s Minister Of Tourism

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In order to renew the Commission’s strong relationship with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission met with Jordan’s Minister of Tourism in Amman.

This is the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which has become a pilgrimage destination for Nigerians in the past three years.

Bishop Adegbite met with Jordan’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, as well as senior Ministry officials, in Amman.

The NCPC Boss used the visit to thank God for the opportunity to renew the relationship between the Ministry of Tourism and the NCPC. He also thanked God for his devotion to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which has remained one of the Middle East’s most peaceful and stable nations.

The NCPC helmsman, who is visiting Jordan for the first time since being appointed as the Commission’s fourth substantive Executive Secretary by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on January 4, 2024, revealed that Nigerians and the Christian Community are very excited about the existing cordial relationship between Jordanians and Nigerian pilgrims who have visited Jordan in the last three years.

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He praised the Jordanians for their welcoming attitude towards pilgrims and encouraged them to keep up the pace.

Adegbite assured his Host that Nigerians, particularly Christians, would continue to work with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to advance the cause of Christian pilgrimage by exploring biblically significant Holy Sites.

He stated that, “In Pilgrimage, we will fulfil the life pattern of our Fathers in Faith,” and that the screening of intending pilgrims is typically handled by government professionals to ensure that all pilgrims return to Nigeria after the spiritual exercise.

Bishop Adegbite arranged for the collaboration of relevant Jordanian government agencies to consider the need to upgrade such sites as Jesus Christ’s baptismal site in the Jordan River, the Jabok River, and others to international status with serious religious appeal.

He also advocated for the retraining of their tour guides to ensure effective service delivery, as well as assisting in the deployment of better bus service equipped with modern communication gadgets, which could be achieved through an interface between the Jordanian government and the Ground Handlers.

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Speaking, Jordan’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, represented by the Ministry’s Secretary General, Dr. Emad Hijazeen, thanked the Executive Secretary for his first official visit to the Ministry since taking office on February 5, 2024.

He also congratulated him on his appointment by Nigeria’s President, while promising the cooperation of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and assuring him that all concerns raised for improved Pilgrimage operations would be promptly addressed.

He maintained that Jordanians are at ease with Nigerian pilgrims and that the government will do everything possible to strengthen the two countries’ bilateral relations.

This is stated in a press release signed by Celestine Toruka, Deputy Director and Head of Media and Public Relations for the Commission.

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