2017 NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE WCO
2017 is the 30th Anniversary year of the WCO since its foundation in 1987, and we will be taking on one of the most challenging tasks than ever before.
The African tribes in Namibia, who live in isolation in the desert, start their New Year when thunderstorms start to make plants grow on their parched earth. They measure time by the seasonal rains that transform their red soil into green fields. In their language, the word for “Year” is “Rain”.
Throughout human history in all parts of the world people prepare planting every year following the movements of the sun and the moon as observed by their forefathers. They created almanacs to better understand the seasons so they can farm and harvest for their families. Turning from ‘wild hunters’ to ‘agrarian gatherers’ make us more in touch with this Earth that we share with one another.
2016 had been a year of great turbulence as nations defaulted on their financial commitments and politicians instigated changes towards more nationalistic postures which will impact the freedom of movements for people. Isolated acts of violence from civil wars and religious differences had become more pervasive in our communities, and nowhere in the world seems to be safe anymore.
Against this dark veil of uncertainties, the World Citizens Organization is not resting on its laurels after 30 years of helping cities to bring positive benefits to their citizens..
2017 is the 30th Anniversary year of the WCO since its foundation in 1987, and we will be taking on one of the most challenging tasks than ever before. The Afghan capital city of Kabul has applied to the WCO for the right to host the 12th WCO Silk Road Mayors Forum.-Kabul 2017.
We have seen war-torn cities like Grozny in 2011 reviving from their difficult past, and have offered our vision to the city of Urumqi in 2014 after local disturbances, but never have we set foot on a capital city that was occupied by a foreign power for 15 years (1978 ~ 1992), suffered civil wars for 10 years (1992 ~ 2001) and then occupied by another foreign power for 15 more years (2001 ~ 2015). Millions of Afghan citizens had fled their country that had been one of the most flourishing regions on the Silk Road for centuries.
Without the ability to make ‘Rain’, how can the World Citizen Organization help the city of Kabul to stage an international event that will be meaningful to its 3.7 million citizens struggling to carve out a new life after 40 years of war and distress? With our limited financial and human resources this will be an untenable goal.
It is with this humble desire to help disadvantaged fellow citizens that the WCO send you the 2017 New Year Greeting on our WCO Website www.world-citizens-org.com in the form of a Map showing where your friends on all continents who had come to meet you at our 11 WCO Silk Road Mayors Fora between 2006 to 2016.
Please take a moment to contact each and every one of them personally to wish them well. Share your Happiness and New Year’s thoughts with them in the spirit of world citizenship beyond borders!!