Introducing our new Fellow
Bohlale is a South African-born policy analyst and activist in the City of Calgary. He is the Co-Founder of the non-profit, Black Inclusion Association whose mission is focused on helping achieve equity and social justice for all Black Calgarian through the bolstering of Black art, intellect, voices and opportunities through the city of Calgary.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with a Minor in Global Development Studies from the University of Calgary, having briefly worked with Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Dr. Malinda Smith in the Office of Equity and Inclusion Workshop on Dismantling Anti Black Racism on Campus.
He cites his mother, activist and Ambassador Nozuko Bam as his greatest inspiration and the driving force behind his unyielding desire to see a more just and equitable society.
Peter Langille on "Preventing Armed Conflict Finding a better way with a UN Emergency Peace Service"
By the time the world reacts to local conflicts it’s usually too late to prevent their escalation into worse violence and too late to properly protect civilians. Then, the military-industrial complex cashes in. The idea of a UNEPS is to engage before violence begins, deploying a standing first-responder, effectively a ‘UN 911’, with an array of useful services to provide prompt care and help. A UNEPS would be multifunctional, ready for diverse security, humanitarian, environmental and health crises. It’s to complement existing UN arrangements with a multidimensional composition of civilian, police and military teams in a gender-equitable formation of dedicated UN personnel.
With support, it’s likely to be a game-changer that encourages military build-down and disarmament, freeing up the vast resources urgently needed to address our climate emergency and sustainable development. Today, less than a year later the world's attention has switched to Ukraine and Afghanistan mostly forgotten. What next? Will another country be invaded and Ukraine also forgotten? We in the World Federalist Movement should not flit from conflict to conflict. Even as we react to what is happening in Ukraine we cannot forget Afghanistan (and other past and present conflicts).