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The 2015 G7 Meeting In Germany

Posted: Jun 12, 2015 at 6:34 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Iyke Ozemena


Do terrorists acknowledge the threat posed by climate change? Even if they do what remedy can they offer if they become leaders of a world  plagued by global warming, depleted ozone layer and climate change. 

These concerns are engaging the thought and attention of corporate
leaders across the globe attention 2015 G7 meeting in Germany.

Terrorism is actually a system of intimidation, fear and organised force aimed at achieving precedence and prevail with particular ideology, policy direction etc.

Groups who resort to terrorism intend to change the status quo.

In some cases the aim is to recruit supporters/followers of certain political, culture or religious leanings.

Since this is not voluntary or persuasive it becomes a threat to fundamental human rights guaranteed by Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution as well as African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

It is also a violation of the provisions of UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights, when they make unrealistic demand/threat.

The modalities of carrying out terrorist attack are criminal. In other words an individual carrying any dangerous weapon intending to attack some one has already breached criminal law of causing grievous bodily harm, even the attempt of it is punishable by law.

Going beyond the possession of dangerous weapons with the intention to harm or kill as was the case recently in Johanesbourg South Africa amounted to criminal as well as terrorist act.

Racist Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini incited the primitive group that descended on the foreigner with xenophobic attacks.

It was not by mistakes, nor was it the first time such thing had happened in South-Africa, leading to the conclusion that since the perpetrators were not punished as individuals they transformed into formidable terrorist group like Boko Haram.

It is gratifying that the attention of global leaders is focusing on the menace of terrorism, which knows no boundary.

The activities of terrorism in North-East of Nigeria since 2009 has claimed several thousands of lives as well as billions of Naira in arms and combat technology.

There is hardly any country that has no presence in Nigeria, in terms of citizens and investments; and that phenomenon puts major concern on the world at large.  Perhaps the height of terrorism was witnessed in 2001, on September 11 when Al Queda rammed two commercial planes into the two World Trade Centers in America.

Since then the entire world became aware how vulnerable virtually every nation could be.  Although this attack on American soil led to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 the operative of terrorist activities had not abated especially in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Niger, and Chad etc.
Similarly climate change has become a global concern for more than two decades; attracting global meeting and Resolutions tagged “Agenda 21” in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

The world went full cycle not in geographical sense, because the first global concern about environment and climate change took place in Rio in 1992, which produced a framework of policy intervention by governments across the world called “Agenda 21”.

The conference was the first attempt at compilation of factors inhibiting world economic growth and development.

The factors identified to promote growth and address environmental pollution were: 1. Poverty Eradication 2. UBE 3. Gender Equality 4. Child Mortality Reduction 5. Maternal Health 6. AID/Malaria Eradication 7. Environmental pollution Reduction 8. Global partnership for Development. Ten years after Rio de Jenairo, the world met again in 2002 at Pretoria, South Africa to assess the journey so far from 1992.
Therefore in 2015 global leaders (G7) mostly industrialized nations who are primarily responsible for climate change due to industrial emissions of carbon-dioxide, should take serious measures that could lead to reduction of global warming for a safer and healthier world.