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The social character of every people and the new UNO’s charter - June 8, 2003 Archive

I would like to state first that I love any difference, think that all people colours in the world are wonderful and do not believe in a scale of values based on people colour but only on their behaviour in life. Any race or religion discrimination is absolutely part of an old-fashioned, fearful perhaps even insane or imperfect at least mental system.
Once any misunderstanding about racism has been cleared up, I think that the question about "the convergent points all the nations must absolutely find, keeping however their own individuality and tradition" needs to be faced.

Earth is becoming closer and closer, communications faster and faster, interconnection between different nations is becoming reality; environmental pollution, climate changes do not stop at the frontier and do not have a passport, economic and monetary crisis affect any nation leaving no one out, death and disease questions in the non-developed countries regard everybody. Somehow peoples interact with each other and their destinies are linked.

The unilateral war against Irak, which was declared and won by USA, made UNO anything but reliable.
And yet there is no alternative being UNO the only possible solution, but it has to be necessarily refounded with a new charter.

The new UNO charter will have to tackle the problem of the national sovereignty and the armed or non-armed UNO intervention in those nations where some fundamental men and women rights are not respected or even where "SOME CHANGES IN THE SOCIAL CHARACTER OF A PEOPLE" are required.

In order to maintain legitimity the principle of "legitimate interference" has to be acknowledged in the UNO charter and interventions must not be unilateral and based on the force of a single nation – like in the war declared by USA to Irak.

The democratic system according to which each nation can elect its rulers by a majority has to become an essential part of the new UNO charter. In the case of the war in Irak, where the dictator trampled on this principle, UNO intervention was undoubtely admissible. People cannot play the role of members of audience while hundred of million people suffer being submitted to a few tyrants of no scruples. Machiavelli and the real-politics are by now dated and have to be replaced by a new and better humanity which will spread everywhere at any cost democracy and human rights.

The defense principle of the inviolable human rights, including any religion and minority right as well, has to be reasserted in the UNO charter but also defended by UNO using direct interventions in the countries where they are not respected.

No nation must either support in any way any terrorist attack against civil targets or promote armed act of belligerancy against other countries since every dispute must be solved within the world court by UNO.

Such fundamental rules of democratic nature, of the inviolable human rights and of non-armed assault begin to gain growing support even if not yet totally accepted by everybody.

I want to go even further and talk about the -obviously- non-armed UNO intervention to modify some wrong social behaviours belonging to the "SOCIAL CHARACTER OF SOME PEOPLES".
I will try to explain it with an example:
Our society requires individuals living in the community to conform their behaviour to some standards (people cannot relieve themselves in public or walk naked in the street or park their car blocking traffic: such behaviours are not accepted since they are at odds with the common living rules).

In the same way individuals have to adapt themselves to the common living rules, single nations have to conform part of their internal rules and habits to those of the international community.

International community is trying to solve the problem of poverty affecting the non-developed countries. It is therefore necessary that those countries cooperate. One of the reasons that makes development programs in non-developed countries unsucceful is the presence of their “characters of the society” contrasting with such measures.

I have aid experience in the non-developed countries in particular in Africa and as economist and entrepeneur I realize that any economic initiative in Africa failed also because Africans are not aware that the western economic system is successful thanks to the GOOD venture service and HONEST people working for it.

In the African countries I have so far experienced, I saw that LYING is so wide spread not only in human relations but even in business that no fiduciary relations is possible: stealing in business is a common habit at all levels, from workers to executives.
Because of such characteristics which surely formed for practical but even ancient reasons, any economic initiative in the non-developed countries is bound to fail.

What to do? Go on pretending nothing happens "SINCE SUCH THINGS MUST NOT BE SAID" or face the question awakening public opinion spending cospicuous sums of money to make people understand that "IN ECONOMY HONESTY PAYS AND DEVELOPS VENTURES; THEREFORE THEY HAVE TO STOP BEHAVING IN SUCH A WAY AND STOP TELLING LIES AND STEALING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE?"

Shall we make them aware that the development of their countries and economy and an improvement in their standard of living is strictly linked to their coscience and behaviour?

Another problem affecting many countries is the submittment and complete lack of freedom of women. In order to defende laws and habits which are intollerable by now and lead even to the lapidation of women, misunderstood religious rules, millenary habits are invoked but everyone knows the truth is something else: an unbeareable "JEALOUSY" of men from some countries who still consider women like a property.

I BELIEVE THAT UNO SHOULD PROMOTE POSITIVE BEHAVIOURS FOR ALL THE NATIONS AND TAKE RESPONSABILITY FOR SUCH "CHANGES OF THE WRONG SOCIAL CHARACTERS OF THE POPULATIONS".

IF SUCH AND OTHER PROBLEMS (LIKE THE EXAGERATED CONSUMPTIONS OF SOME WESTERN COUNTRIES) ARE NOT FACED BY UNO, NOTHING WILL CHANGE AND A NUCLEAR WAR WILL BURST, AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY AN INCREASING NUMBER OF TERRORIST ACTIONS.
I PROPOSE TO REDUCE 5% OF THE WORLD BUDGET FOR ADVERTISING DESTINED TO INCREMENT OUR ALREADY ABUNDANT NEEDS AND SPEND THIS SUM FOR NATIONAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS IN ORDER TO HELP PEOPLE CHANGE SOME WRONG SOCIAL CHARACTERS.
IF WE WANT TO LIVE TOGETHER ON THIS EARTH, IT IS NECESSARY TO CREATE COMMON HABITS WHICH ALLOW US TO SOLVE THE MANY ISSUES WITHOUT FIGHTING AGAINST EACH OTHER.
SINCE ADVERTISING CAN SHAPE US TO SUCH A GREAT EXTEND, LET US TRY TO USE IT FOR INTELLIGENT OBJECTIVES.

Paolo da Fano
8 giugno 2003
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