A first in the history of mankind
On 25 September 2015, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced a peace agreement between Colombia and the FARC, (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), after 50 years of armed struggle.
On 29 September, Cuban President Raul Castro and American President Barack Obama opened the gates of commerce for a new market economy in Cuba, after 55 years of embargo.
On 25 October, Argentinian President-elect, Mauricio Macri replaced the 12-years of socialist Kirchner regime.
On 6 December, the Bolivarian-Chavista revolution of Venezuela came to an end after 16 years, with a 2/3 majority of the popular vote for the opposition.
Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the USSR, the revolution of Latin America, marked by endless bloodshed, from Che Guevara to Hugo Chavez, has also come to an end.
More than one hundred years of ideological strive over ownership of production and rights of consumption, such issues no longer form center-stage of social economic and political life in the world.
A new generation demanded a new chapter in history with a new agenda. They put the old issues to rest. Gradually, historical evolution provided solutions that structured a new economic and political model that rules the world of today.
On 12 December, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris replaced the Kyoto protocol of 1997. The agreement was signed by 195 sovereign Nation States. Never before in the history of mankind, the world counted 195 sovereign Nation States, and never before 195 Nation States got together and agreed on global issues, like climate change. No matter what the effects of the agreement on climate change will be, the realization of nearly 200 sovereign states in the world, and in discussion and cooperation, is a world-changing experience.
By all means, the new generation demanded and got a new agenda.
By Jacob Gelt Dekker
Opinion columnist for Curaçao Chronicle