The Real Actor in International Policy Is You

Act React EPThe drafting of the Millennium Development Goals at the United Nations is a crucial time, and the global objectives being forged for the Post-2015 Agenda should be concrete ones. Climate change, food insecurity, limited resources, population dynamics, increased migration, unsustainable growth, consumption, production, and economic crises pose complex, interrelated challenges that must be addressed in a holistic way that reflects the interdependent nature of today’s world and the dignity of the human person.

The world’s population is growing: it has grown by 1 billion since the MDGs were agreed upon, and is estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050. This increases the importance of addressing sustainability in the social, economic and environmental spheres.

There are many actions and political language used in the concretion of those activities in which the international sphere has so far been the main protagonist. An organization like the UN has become a public protagonist in the sphere of international development, organizing lectures, panels and discussions on global agendas. In the midst of all of these politically-inspired discussions, we must remember to return to the ordinary life which affects us directly: civil society has become a leading player in the political order both nationally and internationally.

The new millennium has left the door open for civil society and individual actors to banish the word “people” and introduce the one of “Person.”

Now is the time to fight for a world in which the value of each person is recognized individually. Now is the time to realize that policies, societies, governments and international coalitions are created in the service and interest of each individual, and that individuals are not created to be servants to the interests of the government. It is time to realize that the final recipient of each policy must be the individual person and that the common good only exists as the sum of individual goods.

The door is open, but now we have to walk through: discover, understand and assume our responsibilities as actors who have the capacity and the tools to define the world in which we live. Now is the time to be proactive and to understand that global actions consist of individual actions.  Our voice already has weight and repercussion. It is up to us to act accordingly.

By Paloma Cantero Gómez, an advocacy intern at the WYA Europe office