The Executive Director, WANEP, Mr. Emmanuel Bombande has stated that the global architecture made up of the IMF, World Bank, World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other pillars, are not responsive enough to meet the challenges of today. This he said at a panel discussion on Global Security featured on Multi TV on August 19, 2014 where he was a
panelist with other notable experts including international relations expert, Dr Vladmir Antwi Danso and Mr. Irbard Ibrahim, an International security analyst to discuss global security including threats to peace and security in the region.
Evidence of this lack of responsiveness by the global architecture according to Mr Bombande can be seen in “the growing relegation of the UN system in the background and the increasing role of regional organisations such as ECOWAS in tackling insecurity in various forms.” Mr Bombande said the current situation can be traced to a global systemic problem resulting from slave trade, colonialism, imperialism, the cold war, post cold war which has been protracted over decades saying; “ there is a lack of global political will to ensure equity to enable people to rise up despite whatever suppresses them.” He also attributed current global conflicts to violent extremism which is often premised on religion, sectarian divisions, whether ethnic or geographical.
Speaking in the belief that “African problems require African solutions”, Mr. Bombande called on African countries to employ preventive diplomacy in potential conflict situations and set up the architecture to deal with national and regional security, as well as chronic developmental challenges for economic growth and job creation.
He commended former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, for his reformation agenda which he said provided a blueprint for the UN in spite of
the challenges in dealing with the post 9/11 unprecedented crisi