Bold steps are required and it is for developed nations to take the lead and show the way. Ombudspersons must be instituted at all levels -- national, regional and international for them to become effective. They must be the voice of civil society and in order to be effective need to possess the key ingredients of legitimacy, independent authority, accessibility and transparency.
ReGen, the initiative I had promised myself and the Global Shapers community on behalf of the Athens Hub upon leaving Davos, is now a reality. Through ReGen, we've waged our very own modern day Battle of Thermopylae. A best-practice that against all odds delivers measurable, on-going, and resilient impact exemplifying the Forum's values.
Nigeria is Africa's largest economy, and yet tens of thousands of women and children die there each year due to lack of maternity care, preventable disease and poor health infrastructure, among other causes. This series brings a diversity of perspectives from around Nigeria to the table to discuss this critical moment in Nigeria's history and how Nigerians can work together to build a healthy future for all.
The start of a New Year has always been a time of reflection for me -- looking back on what I have done, where I came from, and who helped me along the way. The start of 2015 is no different. Let us as a country reflect on where we are, how we got here, and how can we empower our youth to become better citizens for tomorrow.