On SIA’s World Philosophical Forum of the Philippines

Batanes to Tawi-Tawi

Wih Julmunir I. Jannaral

Batanes To Tawi-Tawi’ for this week has devoted the topic on the World Philosophical Forum (WPF) chaired by a fellow Tausug of Sulu, Shariff Ibrahim (SIA) Albani as WPF spread out now all over the Philippines.

As we go on discussing the important details about WPF, I learned from the WPF Chairman  that the on-going Pandemic caused by COVID-19 and just like anyone else they were affected too and has to close down their office for one month. But though the Pandemic is dreaded enough they did not allow it to affect their daily lives.

Instead, Shariff Ibrahim said they launched “Operation Tulong COVID-19,” the giving of “Ayuda” or grocery items that included rice and other basic commodities to those in need from Batanes to Jolo a month ahead before the government launched their mandate of giving of grocery items sent through the different barangays.

Shariff Ibrahim said WPF is the only place and platform where humanity can discuss solutions to the general earth’s issues.

He said some of the essential elements in all modern societies is where the WPF has focused on are like education, humanitarian, business, environment, and economics.

WPF had its first convention here in the Philippines last year in 2019 based on the theme “philosophy is the solution to peace, unity, and economic prosperity.”

Thus WPF was also aimed to promote peace and unity in diversity worldwide.

He said “complex problems are ailing not only in our nation or region but of the entire world. where bickering, vindictiveness, and nepotism have become ills of the society.”

According to the WPF Philippines Chairman, the Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. He added that the goals interconnected and in order to leave no one behind, it is important to achieve each goal and target by 2030. 

There are 17 goals in all that must be achieved by this timetable. 

Goal 1: No Poverty- Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality. 

Goal 2: Zero Hunger- The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication. 

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being- Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. 

Goal 4: Qualify Education- Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. 

Goal 5: Gender Equality- Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. 

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation-Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. 

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy- Energy is essential to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth- Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.

Goal 9: Industry Innovation and Infrastructure -Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities- To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities- There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production- Responsible production and consumption involve recycle paper, plastic, glass & aluminum.

Goal 13: Climate Actions- Climate change is a globe challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.

Goal 14: Life Below Water- Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of sustainable future.

Goal 15: Life on Land- Sustainably manage forests, combat decertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions- Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

Goal 17: Partnerships- Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

In a nutshell, according to Shariff Ibrahim Albani, chairman of Philippine Branch of Unesco-World Forum (WPF), “peace, unity, national reconciliation are the essential elements in modern societies.”

He suggested that the Philippines must build a progressive and developed nation anchored on philosophy while preserving the religious values and cultural traditions.

What is really WPF and where it has originated? The Website of WPF says it is a Greek non-profit organization which was founded by Dr. Igor Kondrashin in Athens, Greece in 2009.

It is supported by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and has 57 member countries across the globe, led by former heads of state, ambassadors, philosophers, bankers, and economists.

 UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of a culture of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. JIJ

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