13 Jan 2021 New Year Message from WACC’s President
Dear WACC Members and Partners,
We enter this New Year2021 like many others in the past, full of hope and promise. However, unlike previous years we are entering 2021 loaded with the burdens of 2020, where the events and developments on our earth have rocked the foundations of this hope and promise. Never before in recent history has any single event have such far reaching, intense impact on communities around the globe for such a prolonged period.
The COVID 19 pandemic has taught us many lessons as individuals, families and organisations. In essence the experience has taught us to appreciate the value and significance of communications. As a global family, WACC will continue to remain focused on our work with poor and marginalised communities. We are mindful not to convert human experiences from the pandemic into mere statistics and data, but to look towards better practical ways of empowering the disadvantaged, ensuring that they do not lose their voices and also achieve our mission of “communication for all”.
This year 2021 will be equally challenging as 2020. We will continue to make adjustments and forge ahead with programmes and projects, employing the new modalities available to us. It is our hope that in 2021 we will apply our collective energies to work on the following:
- Reaching out to longstanding partners and rekindling past relationships.
- Devising a new strategic plan for the next five years.
- Promoting digital inclusion and tackling online hate speech and misinformation.
- Focusing on the communication dimensions of the climate emergency.
- Advancing gender equality in the media.
- Mobilising resources to meet the communication needs of poor and marginalised communities.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff, I wish all members individually and regional executive committees, the strength and rich blessings required continuing our work with communities in the global north and south.
I wish you peace.
Embert Charles, WACC President