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Obama on Peace Corps

Given that I am tuned in and turned on to the creation of a Global Peace Corps, my sensitive ears caught the mention of the possible expansion of the Peace Corps during the second presidential debate.

There are so many young people working energetically during this unprecedented political process, as well as those around the globe following on their televisions, cell phones, laptops, the internet, that it would be effective and efficient for the United States to consider revisiting the existing, unidirectional Peace Corps, and promote the establishment of a Global, multidirectional, Peace or Youth Corps and leave PEACE FOOTPRINTS across the globe.

For example, youth from the USA could consider as usual spending time in any country – not only in the developing countries as is with the current Peace Corps, but in other countries in this globalizing world where issues are becoming broader than developing vs developed country challenges.

Moreover, disparities in the world should no longer be consider rural vs urban.  They should be looked at in terms of eco-zones where behaviours are culled depending on habitats – mountain, forests, deserts, plains, small island states – and because of the environmental challenges faced by theses ecozones, their people are descending on the urban areas in droves – urban areas which are becoming “more harmonious and sustainable” and which are acting like magnets for those from not necessarily the “rural” areas, but from these specific habitats with urban areas built in.

A dramatic example of challenges faced by people in the various ecozones was seen in 2007, where a pygmy chief from the forests in the Central African Republic and his posse descended on the World Bank to make a claim for people to stop cutting down the trees in his habitat.  Indigenous populations are most at risk when their habitats are attacked- some joint venture with logging companies click here

The US will not be alone in this –“Let us change the world, together” said Gordon Brown at the end of a riveting speech on globalization at the Clinton Global Initiative.


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Gordon Brown on Global Peace Corps – CGI 2008

“Let us change the world, together” said Gordon Brown at the end of a riveting speech on globalization at the Clinton Global Initiative.


During his remarks on the last day of the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative, Mr Gordon Brown, Prime Minister gave an impressive account of his vision for building a global society. More global-type organizations might be necessary in the 21st century as we no longer are alone on this planet, everything that is done someplace is reported on or known or in another.

The power of the internet in these times of globalization cannot be ignored. For example, in Burma, monks were the first blogging the uprising; Zimbabwe, as a result of an army of mobile phones photographing and texting the results as they were announced, the government could not interrupt any attempt and the government toying with the results. The first 21st century coups – the coups de texte – was realized in the Philippines and brought down a president. People might be suppressed, but will not be silenced.

He also called on the revisiting of the vision and the mission of the World Bank as a Bank for Development; the UN must be transformed to deal with insecurities facing states and to deal not only with military but civil help in human and socio-environmental development.

Towards a global civic society…where we are all one, where we all have the same central, golden rule – treat each other as we want to be treated – the idea of fairness and responsibility to each other. There could be global organizations where people can meet and discuss issues affecting them and how they could help others. Mandela is at the head of the call for a truly global society, where all of us connect and share and support each other. This could be the generation that gives every child a chance to have an education, to stop the advance of disease, benefit from the opportunities of this truly global economy; we are all summoned to build a world where globalization is a force for justice on a global scale.

The idea of a Global Peace Corps resonate well with me as it is my dream to mobilize the energy of youth around the world towards the generation of peace. The existing peace corps as I see it, is unidirectional with US youth going abroad; the global peace or youth corps for sustainable development is multidirectional with youth, armed with laptops, skillsets/mindsets and the desire to share their knowledge and receive knowledge from others could utimately bring us closer to peace – to the establishment of Global Peace Positioning System…their efforts in health, education, nutrition, water and sanitation, relationships, business strategy, etc…could serve as a foundation for peace and for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals, for the living of the spirit of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights…

http://www.membersproject.com/project/view/O3YPNO – Create a better world through hellos

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