Nelson Mandela once said that, ‘‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’’.  The World has been discussing sustainable development way before I came into this world, Now we have a chance to set our foot on the ground, to unite our voice  and take things more seriously, no more ‘ business as usual”  as the world hit 7 billion people on earth and many still living in poverty.

A panel titled Achieving global sustainability – The Elders in conversation with young global leaders. Photo credit - Jeff Moore The Elders

Last week, I traveled to Oslo, Norway to join a team of amazing global leaders, who have dedicated their time and experiences to making the world a safer and sustainable place to live.  I was invited as one of the Four “Youngers’ to meet with The Elders, an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights   to call the heads of government, cooperation and individuals to begin urgent dialogue towards finding lasting solution and a part way to sustainable development, development that takes into consideration at the same wavelength, the socio, economic and the environment sectors of the society.  I joined Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Chair of The Elders , Gro Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, member of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Sustainability Panel, Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brazil at a panel titled Achieving global sustainability – The Elders in conversation with young global leaders. The event had over with over 200 participants from Media, NGO and Government representatives.  The Elders reaffirmed the need to consider in a more stronger terms the social dimension of sustainable development especially Poverty, food security and women access to voluntary family planning and women and girls’  Sexual and reproductive health and rights is about equality and that women plays as important role women in development. The “youngers” presented their vision on “The future We Want” to the Elders  asking that them to extend their vision to the heads of delegation during Rio+20

What kind of world do I want for my great, great grand children?

I know It seems like an easy question, but when I think about the society when I come from, this question hangs heavy in my heart, reflecting on what is happening around us, how women suffer so much to take care of their children, how many women badly want to space their children, want to have the right to determine how and when to have a child/children without losing her life in the process.

(We) have overly exaggerated in our children’s minds their greatness (promise) without any actual accomplishment. We tell them they “are the future” without explaining in concrete terms what that means, without providing the ecological, social and financial order and discipline that any consciously evolved.  Yes, I want a world, where girls have to right to school first before marriage. A world, with equality for women and girls and
young people are consulted and truly involved in governance process at local, national and global levels. This is what I want from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) holding next month in Rio, with strong agreement and consensus

But then Gro Bruntdland asked “what about a world run by
women?” …Join the debate: http://www.theelders.org/elders-plus-youngers

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