Established in the aftermath of WWII the core body of the UN has changed little in composition. Currently there are only five permanent members of the SC (Security Council), the UK, France, Russia, the USA, and China. This raises several questions, why are three of the five SC members western? Where is African and S. American representation?
The sun arched its way over us and sunk into Caribbean Sea which extended far beyond what I could see in front of me. “Alright folks, before we go any further we’ve got a couple of traditions to honour to bring us luck out there today”, Pops called out as he eased off the throttle and brought the boat to a stop.
Reaching a consensus on what is the most important place in the world would be an impossible task. For the myriad indigenous tribes of the Americas, Africa and Australasia, the forest constitutes a lifeline. In Western Africa or the Indian subcontinent, it may be the monsoon clouds that carry life-giving rains to parched lands.
Economically, it is estimated that today’s coral reefs bring in a value of US$33 trillion per year due to their contributions towards food, tourism and medicine. Over 4000 species of fish and their food are reliant on coral reefs that, in turn, prop up 12% of the entire world’s fisheries.