Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
White Christmas turned blue ....friends, relatives and acquaintainces in Toronto and in Canada pls check in...
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Motion for a global resolution for peace guided by the #MadibaConscience - the answer to national and regional progress
Be it resolved that from this day hence all Caribbean And Trinidad and Tobago and CARICOM parliaments will sit in conciliatory developmental sessions on board the Nelson Mandela peace and reconciliation airbus of Caribbean Airlines. As the Caribbean is also keen on promoting world peace, the airbus will be available to any head of state or government or opposition of the Americas - now why didnt Barrack Obama and American Airlines with their floundering images and public perception on their global leadership think of that - as well as the African Pacific countries, the European Union, Organisation of American States and the Commonwealth too, ent #Lizzie,for a nominal fee calculated against the real costs of conflict and war... so we could build #Trinidad and Tobago's economy and society with innovative thinking #KamlaPersadBissessar and KeithRowley
... If that's what it takes to get our politicians on the same page for national and regional development then let all national and regional parliaments and caricom meetings be held on the Caricom-Mandela airbus of Caribbean Airlines. There is hope yet that #Mandela's message of peace and reconciliation would live beyond his grave and we could focus on progressive development .... forward ever...
I was dreading dusting off my library to make room for another 100-plus books I acquired this year. It's turning out to be a most enjoyable experience....I'm rediscovering my travel writings through Japan 1988; India, 1997; Europe, 1999; Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean since 2000 plus... against background of music collection some little known acquired from all these cultures...and my favorite books...now back to such enjoyable dusting....more...
Friday, December 6, 2013
One less conscience to the world has gone at a time when we need more men and women of conscience. May his thoughts and actions that swayed our consciousness to recognise our humanism live on. Rest in Peace Madiba. I had met Nelson Mandela at a peace rally in Hyde Park in London, a concert for his 90th birthday, a few years ago with my friend, a leader of a global civil society empowerment movement whose social conscience was nurtured in the bowels of the civil rights movement when he was growing up in South Africa.
Nelson Mandela, already a legend, the material of myth, in the flesh and so much humility and so much warmth that there was nothing overtly discernible, though much unfathomable, that suggested that this was a man who brought all the world to reexamine its conscience and its humanism. The dismantling of apathied was just one element of his impact; He swayed the world.
Today his conscience drives our global movement for social justice and transformation; the one that had us pulling the threads of global consciousness through the holiday mood burning the midnight oil on the eve of one Christmas eve to stir public opinion for the release of prisoners of conscience of Ethiopia, wrongfully imprisoned for working for social justice. We worked round the clock hoping to have them released so that they could spend Christmas with their families and not in a jail cell as they had for the previous three years; as Mandela himself had.
Sitting in a small island in the Caribbean, in Trinidad behind a phone and email, waking up friends in the global media and global civil society organisations and institutions, to stir their populations to move their governments to pressure the Ethiopian regime, posting on social networks and the sites of those who could move conscience into action .. the work goes on...
My friend, one of Mandela's proteges has not been able to keep himself out of jail not then in the aparthied struggle as a civil rights activist for oppressed people and not now for people threatened by all the economic and political and social injustices we see transferred into threats to the environment and livelihoods of people still living in poverty and squalor in the face of wastage of the world's wealth. In demanding social justice for those who do not have a voice, many regimes - corporations, governments, those who believe they hold the reigns of power - still try to snuff out the Madiba conscience in so many intrusive and inobstrusive ways - As I recounted experiences like these to a ministry seminar earlier this year- invited to talk about social justice - and identifying how misguided, illconceived and ill advised some of our bureaucratic focus were for, presumably, advancing equity and social justice (coincidentally it was Nelson Mandela (birth)Day), I was virtually hustled away from the podium and the room by the organisers.... the quest for social justice can be muted but it would not die.
Mandela's was a quest for personal peace through finding freedom for his people that became a part of the global movement for world peace too. I had found some of that peace and awe of the freedom fighters spawned on South African soil at the hero's park in Cape Town.... awe, peace and reverence that contrasted with the place I came from - where the sense of reverence has been ridiculed to oblivion by centuries of conditioning of inferiority and dependence and unfreedom ...and where, with yet unfree consciousness, of our peoples and politicians devote unconditional time and energies in tearing up, pulling down and destroying each other and often in the name of social justice .... a place where we have no heroes, or at best, want to believe they are all dead....
The Madiba conscience lives on and so he may rest in peace....
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
T&T asks UNESCO to fcus on special needs children
T&T tops region in UNESCO elections:
Call us BOSS SIDS tell UNESCO
UNESCO World Heritage being run like FIFA say delegates: http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/2013/11/world-heritage-being-run-like-fifa.html
Inspiring T&T yuth lights up the world
Thursday, November 28, 2013
My friends on each side of the divide try to reach out as in Michaelangelo's fresco in the Sistne Chapel at the Vatican of the Creation of Adam following the indigeneous Separation of Light from Darkness, but what religion and politicians and new world Adams have torn asunder, no people can bring together ..... more Letters to Lizzie...
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Left Photo Cutting the CARICOM cake at the CARICOM evening at the UNESCO General Assembly with Minister of Culture and Youth of Jamaica, The Honourable Lisa Hanna (
from right), Dr Kris Rampersad - Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO; other Caricom Delegates and Trinidad and Tobago Permanent Delegate based in Geneva, Ambassador John Sandy (left)
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
This arose from failure of any member of African groups to qualify for one of the 12 seats in the current rounds of elections to the Committee; and follows a similar situation involving Latin America and the Caribbean at the previous general assembly.
The situation actually points to the greater challenges facing the World Hritage Committee and UNESCO itself to transform and adapt to new global realities and the increasing demands for inclusivity and representation while upholding one ofthe principal pillars of what has become one of UNESCO's flagship programmes governed by the World Heritage Convention which has to date some 962 iscriptions
While the immediate attention is on the issue of equitable geographic and cultural representations, the need for more fundamental reforms to the 1972 World Heritage Convention as well as its other culture conventions related to Intangible, built and natural heritage to meet the dynmic and effervescent global realities as they relate to clture and which require creative and innovative ways of engagement ..... more
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Caribbean News Now!: Trinidad and Tobago to sit on UNESCO executive board for first time in 16 years
World heritage election categories questioned as Africa fails to qualify for a seat. Jamaica, Peru, in
Meanwhile Jamaica won the electoral category for country with no world heritage site and Peru also voted in - making two more from the Latin American and Caribbean (GRULAC) Group who join continuing member Colombia
Congrats to our Jamaican and Latin American colleagues! That's how we can succeed when we work together as a region!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
General and summons international and non-governmental conferences on education, the sciences and the humanities.
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- Ambassador John Sandy, Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO based in Geneva and Dr Kris Rampersad, Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO, vote at the elections for the UNESCO Executive Board at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France.
- Caption: (L-R) President of the National Commission for UNESCO Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh; Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO, Dr Kris Rampersad; Secretary General Ms Susan Shurland; and Permanent Delegate of Trinidad and Tobago to UNESCO, Ambassador John Sandy in a planning meeting at UNESCO General Assembly, Paris.
Trinidad and Tobago asks UNESCO to help with ageing population
Minister of Education Dr Tim Gopeesingh has asked UNESCO to assist Trinidad and Tobago in dealing with the challenge of its ageing population. Addressing the 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO on Thursday in Paris, France, Gopeesingh, who is also seeking membership on UNESCO’s executive board for the next four years, told newly-installed UNESCO president Hao Ping, “While there continues to be focused emphasis on youth development, we also propose that UNESCO take a closer look at the challenges our countries face in relation to ageing populations and the need to integrate elderly citizens and help them adjust to this technologically-driven age, while mobilising and utilising their knowledge and skills to inform the next generations. “We propose that as a member of the executive board, Trinidad and Tobago can lead this as a global UNESCO effort at inclusion of all citizens and to bridge the gap, and so we look forward to your supporting our membership bid.” Gopeesingh also outlined T&T’s efforts to maintain UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development drive which, he said, ensured active educational intervention to students with special needs in the areas of dyslexia, autism, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, behavioural and psychological abnormalities and neurological diseases, with an inclusion focus. “The director general will be pleased to know that, as an offspring of her 10,000 Principals Leadership Programme, we launched this year with resources from my Government, the private sector and from UNESCO’s PP, a pilot to train principals and teachers in Leading for Literacy in primary schools,” he added. Gopeesingh led a four-member delegation, including Ambassador John Sandy, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva; Dr Kris Rampersad, chair of the National Commission for UNESCO; and Susan Shurland, secretary general. The conference was expected to shape the organisation’s strategy and direction for the next eight years. UNESCO is in the midst of a major reform, aimed at making UNESCO more relevant, more effective and more responsive to global challenges to peace and development. http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Gopeesingh-asks-UNESCO-to-help-with-ageing-population-231376101.html