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TINZ Chief Executive Officer
by Janine McGruddy
TINZ Chief Executive Officer
Dear TINZ Members
It's time to reflect on 2016 beginning with a big thanks to you for being on this journey with TINZ as we advance the New Zealand story of integrity.
Suzanne, Josephine and I have just returned from the Transparency International Annual Members Meeting and the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Panama. It was a mix of great challenges and great joys and we have all come back reinvigorated and inspired by the global conversations.
The negative rhetoric of our “if it bleeds it leads” media-feeds can be echo chambers. And those echo chambers don’t just reflect our political beliefs; they reflect our worst feelings about human progress. Progressive thinking has taken a few body blows from the likes of Brexit and the Trump fiasco, but humanity still has much to celebrate. We can start 2017 with great hope for the future.
At the local level the Panama Papers led to the Shewan report and the positive outcomes of that, the Open Government Partnership has finally had the recognition and effort it needed to make progress, and New Zealand committed to monitored actions at the Anti-Corruption Summit in London.
At the global level in 2016 the world got more generous – global spending on aid and development increased by 7%, and spending on refugees has doubled.
In June, a new survey showed that the ozone hole has shrunk by more than 3.9 million square kilometres since 2006. Scientists now think it will be fully healed by 2050.
The World Health Organisation released a report showing that, since the year 2000, global malaria deaths have declined by 60%. A new study from the world’s leading health journal reported that the number of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth has almost halved since 1990.
Child mortality is down everywhere and it keeps going down. Thailand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. World hunger reached its lowest point in 25 years.
In December, the Gambia became the latest African country to show that voting does count, and dictators do fall. Pakistan has made strides toward outlawing honour killings. 70,000 Muslim clerics declared a fatwa against ISIS. Following the end of conflict in Colombia in 2016, all of the war in the world is now limited to an arc that contains less than a sixth of the world’s population.
Tiger numbers are growing, and pandas are no longer endangered. California is now being powered by over 5 million homes with solar power. Portugal ran its entire nation solely on renewable energy for four days straight and volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in 24 hours.
And it is reported that world crime as a whole has drastically declined in the last couple of decades.
With all this in mind I wish you all a recuperative and inspiring break so that we can all work together in 2017 to continue this progress.
Ngâ mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou!