"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Lake Chad Disappearing
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Subject: Disappearing Lake Chad harming regional stability: PM
Disappearing Lake Chad harming regional stability: PM
N'DJAMENA, October 29, 2010 (AFP) - The future of rapidly shrinking Lake
Chad will have a profound impact on peace and security in central Africa and
coordinated action is needed to save it, Chad's prime minister said on
"Saving Lake Chad requires us all to find a lasting solution not just for
the 30 million people who live around it but also regional peace and
stability," Emmanuel Nadingar told delegates at the opening of the Africa
Session of the 8th World Sustainability Forum.
"If the lake area has decreased from 25,000 square kilometres (9,650 square
miles) to 2,500 square kilometres in the past 30 years, what can be done to
stop it disappearing within 20 years?" Nadingar said.
A document released at the forum said the area of the lake had decreased by
90 percent since 1960, and could disappear within two decades.
The three-day forum in the Chadian capital brings together scientists,
politicians and representatives from civil society to discuss ways for
saving the lake.