Saturday, January 24, 2009

Indigenous Candidate for IFAD President

I am proud to inform you that Mr. Phrang Roy from my Khasi Tribe has been nominated as one of the candidates for the next Presidency of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) based in Rome. This rank in the U.N. system is equivalent to the Secretary General. When the IFAD Board meets in Rome he will need the votes from all the members states to support him as their leader.

We need the leaders from US, the UK, the EU, members of the G77 and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to vote for him. So if any of you have access to the decision makers and politicians of these governments where you are based then please lobby them to vote for our very own Khasi Indigenous Champion for Sustainable Development.

I have know Phrang since I was in high school and I am very proud of him and what he has done to improve the lives of the millions of poor people across the planet through his work with the U.N. system. While he has lived and worked around the world (Africa, South East Asia, India, Europe, the United States etc.), he was born and brought up in our matrilineal community in remote and culturally diverse Meghalaya in North East India where we still naturally embrace gender-equality, diversity and environmentally-appropriate processes of change. With this background of local and global experiences, I am confident that he can lead the recently revamped IFAD to higher grounds.

Knowing Phrang I believe that he can offer IFAD with a kind of leadership that understands the traditional knowledge of the poor and appreciates the potential contributions of emerging sciences and management techniques for achieving sustainable development.

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May the positive force be with our Khasi Warrior! Let us all support his candidacy to the IFAD Presidency.

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