The world, today, is facing several issues and problems that pose a threat to the wellbeing of humanity. It is important for all humanity come together to find a solution to these global problems facing us. The gap between poverty and the wealth continue to rise between countries, and it is important to act early or risk an increase in poverty level throughout the world. The other issue facing us is protection of our environment as we seek better economic prosperity for developed and developing countries. Several other issues affecting us include global pandemics, drugs trafficking that pose major problems to governments throughout the world. It is important for the public, private and civil societies bring their resources together to help solve these global issues.
Several actors have come together to help in solving or trying to look for a solution to solve these issues. Examples of these actors include:
- Government Actors- these are sovereign governments involved in humanitarian projects and other missions aimed at solving these global issues. The major important players in this sector are the United States government and the Swiss government which are the leading contributors to humanitarian aid in the world. The U.S. government is important in this mission because it has the necessary resources that can be useful in solving these issues. Through the USAID, the U.S. government can coordinate several humanitarian programs across the world. They also have an active army that can be deployed in times of crisis. The Swiss government on the other side has the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) which is a body involved with offering humanitarian aid to save lives and alleviate suffering across the world.
- Non-Governmental Organizations- these are non-profit international bodies that are not part of any government. The main aim of these non-governmental players is to help in solving these global issues. The main bodies involved with humanitarian aid in the world are the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IRCRCS) and the NGO Branch of the UN secretariat. The IRCRCS is a body that manages events between the 188 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies within the Program. The presence of IRCRCS is wide making it an ideal organization to help solve these global issues. The NGO Branch of the UN secretariat which is the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is the major player within the UN Secretariat for NGOs in advice-giving status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and NGOs in quest of status.
- Private Businesses- these are international businesses with a huge market presence across the world that are involved in charity or humanitarian services. Examples of businesses that have been involved with humanitarian courses include the Apple Company in the U.S. and Samsung in South Korea. Apple is one of the most profitable businesses in the world and through the years it has been involved with charity work as well as funding of NGOs and government initiatives meant for humanitarian causes. Samsung, on the other hand, is an equally big company with a large market presence throughout the world. Samsung has also been involved with charity programs and funding for humanitarian activities through various bodies. These two organizations have vast economic resources that they are able to offer to other organizations to help in solving these global issues and problems.
The main reason I chose these actors is the fact that they not only have the necessary resources, but they have also been involved in activities meant to solve these global issues. If only they could pull their resources together and forge a common front towards alleviating these global problems then, we can be sure of success.
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