Pastor James Wuye and Imam Ashafa try to gather political and religious leaders in Nigeria
In Nigeria, the outbreaks of violence in January and March have worried the international community more than usual. Nigeria, with its 150 million inhabitants is the most populated African country. This sort of violence has been a daily fact for the past decade. “It’s been like this for quite some time: first an attack, then retaliation. It’s really an interethnic problem.” states Imam Ashafa. Over 14 000 people have been killed and more than 3 million others have been displaced since the return of democracy in 1999.
Access to water and sanitation
Increasing water’s food producing capacities should no longer be apprehended
“Access to food, as is access to water, is a right. By respecting it, we acknowledge the dignity and security of others. Even though food deficits and insufficient water resources are today prime media subjects, the interdependent ties between the two issues are almost never discussed. Agriculture alone consumes nearly three fourths of water resources used globally. Pressure on these resources is continually growing as global changes affect our planet (…)”
Access to quality medication and health care
The Cotonou Declaration is already in effect on the field
The positive results obtained in this sector since the Millennium Goals for Development were defined (September 2000) are threatened by a criminal phenomenon that has been on the rise over the past several years: the sale of falsified medication. The traffic has become highly lucrative, increasing by 596% in 2008 alone. Falsified medication represents 10% of all medication sold in the world today and reaches nearly 30% in developing countries. Confronted with this health crisis that undermines the precarious balance of the weakest countries, President Chirac and several heads of State launched an international Declaration in Cotonou on October 12, 2009.
Struggle against deforestation and desertification
Sustainable certification: from timber producers to purchasing advisors
Since the program’s progress report on July 6, 2009 at the Quai Branly museum, in Paris, three major projects have been associated to efforts by the Fondation Chirac: raising awareness of architects concerning the use of certified wood; supporting the modernisation of land ownership systems; and mobilising for a more diversified agriculture.
Defending cultural diversity
Sorosoro documents the languages of Senegal
The shoot was a part of the Sénélangues project of the LLACAN (CNRS) research laboratory, whose goal is to research roughly 20 languages in Senegal over the next 4 years. Other film crews will leave in the months and years to come. At each phase of the shoot, the chief operator works with a local linguist in charge of the content to be filmed within each encountered community.