The 13th World Congress of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB) recently took place in Edinburg, Scotland, United Kingdom, from 14-17 June 2016, under the general theme: INDIVIDUALS, PUBLIC INTERESTS AND PUBLIC GOODS: WHAT IS THE CONTRIBUTION OF BIOETHICS? For that occasion, I made a poster presentation on the prospect of sustainable world peace in the era of globalization. Herewith a gist of the poster for your critical reflection.
PAPER NUMBER 68
Globalization and world peace: is sustainable world peace an achievable goal?
1Cameroon Bioethics Initiative / University of Yaounde
FROM PALPABLE OBSERVATION
We live in an era of unprecedented violence and loss of human life on a massive scale. Terrorism seems to rule the world: Boko Haram, Al Shabab, Al Caeda, ISIS etc. Both terrorism and counter-terrorism have continued to send many innocent human beings to their untimely deaths on a more or less massive scale. Leisure activities like sports, cinema, musicals, and huge gatherings like in Churches, Mosques or Airports have become high risk events because of the lurking terrorist. Then there are intractable wars and civil wars around the globe, making it evident that we are living in a world of unprecedented human-made violence.
Furthermore, there are natural causes of untimely human deaths – epidemics, tsunamis, typhoons, hurricanes, earthquakes, sundry accidents, etc. We seem to be living in a world more dangerous than has ever been the case at any other period in the history of our world.
HUMAN RATIONALITY AND AGENCY IN THE WORLD
And yet human beings remain those creatures on earth endowed with purposive thinking and action, the capacity to anticipate problems, to reflect on them and to solve them. The prospect of a globalizing world in one of its positive aspects has held the promise of a world evolving towards democracy, good governance, health, peace, prosperity and abundance. What has happened to such optimistic human dreams and how may they be realized even partially?
YES, SUSTAINABLE WORLD PEACE IS ACHIEVABLE!
Sustainable world peace is the indispensable condition for the realization of optimistic human dreams. It is realizable and this is how it can and will be realized: first, by transcending the traumas and mind-set of war, second, by enhancing and strengthening the United Nations Organization (UNO) as the only global organization capable of transforming into a benevolent global government, third, by waging a relentless struggle against madness, especially power-induced madness, against the manufacture, sale, distribution and use of weapons, all weapons, against racism, colonization, exploitation, subjugation, discrimination, segregation, enslavement. .