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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Global Leaders Discuss Global Citizenship for Refugees

Kofi Annan, Global Leaders will Discuss Future of Global Citizenship and Solutions to Migrant Crisis at Global Citizen Forum 2015

MONACO (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

Global Citizens, world leaders, policymakers, philanthropists, celebrities and thought leaders will gather next month in the Principality of Monaco for the 3rd annual Global Citizen Forum (GCF) held from 8-9 October 2015. This year, the GCF, a non-profit platform, will call attention to the intensifying refugee crisis in Europe and the urgent need to enact effective solutions. Additionally the Forum will feature discussions on global security, foreign direct investment and the future of global citizenship.




“During a time of tremendous global challenges including the refugee and migration crisis along with continued global economic volatility, the Forum aims to gather not only thinkers but those willing to take action to drive change on these important issues collaboratively,” says Armand Arton, the Forum’s Founder. “Our aim is to work together with governments, policymakers, philanthropists and global citizens to present public-private solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges – and then to work together to bring those solutions to life,” says Arton.

For the first time, the Forum will consider the impact of current mass migration trends and what those trends mean in the face of today’s political and economic uncertainty. "In the face of the escalating refugee crisis, we must respond together as global citizens, with the firm resolve to do what is right, to do what is fair, and to treat fellow human beings with the dignity they deserve. This is what the GCF is about, and I'm looking forward to being part of this year's discussions," shares Irina Bokova, Director-General of Unesco and a speaker at the Forum.

“Every day we are reading the headlines on the growing global refugee and migration crisis – a challenge bridging both the Middle East and Europe,” says Jacques Attali, French economist, writer and former advisor to the President of France and a speaker at this year’s Forum.

One potential solution to this challenge is the Global Citizen Tax which will be further discussed at the forum. The tax would be a simple levy on investor applications for residence or citizenship in EU countries. The proposed tax could mean big changes, potentially funding over a billion euros in the next five years. These funds demonstrate the positive impact global citizenship can have, whether it’s through the creation of jobs, aid for the agencies working with refugees or other economic stimulation to the impacted countries.

“We know that wealthy global migrants now act as drivers of economic growth, contributing around 50 billion euros of foreign direct investment to countries around the world, and by using some of the citizen investment funds to help solve the growing crisis, we can effect positive change that makes a tangible difference,” according to Arton.

The Forum will also empower discussions on what it means to be a global citizen and the opportunities for economic growth and mobility that globalization presents. “This year’s Forum will be a place for an open and honest dialogue on the changing global landscape, and our responsibility as global citizens to implement the ideas we discuss –together,” says Arton. He will be joined by some of the world’s thought leaders, government officials, policy makers and philanthropists who will gather to discuss these pressing issues and to innovative solutions to meet the changing global landscape.
Kofi Annan (Facebook Photo)

In addition to Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, this year’s speakers include Jose Manuel Barroso, former President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Portugal; Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and a number of other activists and public figures.

On October 8, 2015, the Forum will host the Global Citizen Gala. During the Gala, the 2015 Global Citizen Forum Award will be presented. The award honours individuals who have contributed to the development of global citizenship through their work within the global community. The gala also features a special performance by artist and activist, Wyclef Jean, who will also be speaking at the forum.

Commentary by Ambassador Col. David Wright of Globcal International: Global citizenship is a new and relevant movement involving personal freedom, good character, and eco-social responsibility with the planet, it involves human rights, our futures, and involves personal sovereignty. We urge our readers and supporters of the global citizenship movement to be wary and cautious relative to their understanding of governmental authorities, organizations that are sponsored by corporations, events that are sponsored by NGOs, and political populist operations that promise social change that exist under the jurisdiction of nation-states. The only true global citizenship agenda will be one that is formed as a cooperative where each member is equal and there are no inhuman corporate bodies. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

No One Left Behind, Arriving at the Crossroads

SDGs Are an Opportunity to Ensure That We Leave No One Behind

By Tom Caiazza, Center for American Progress

Washington, D.C. — Next week, at a U.N. Summit that is likely to be the largest gathering of global leaders ever convened, nations will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, a set of global goals intended to end poverty, combat inequality, and tackle climate change and environmental degradation. Ahead of the summit, the Center for American Progress released an issue brief calling on global leaders to ensure that every person, including the poorest and most marginalized, is able to reap the benefits of global prosperity and freedom. The brief calls for leaders to enshrine this promise in a “leave no one behind” charter and to fulfill the promise through policy changes.

The past several decades have shown unprecedented levels of global growth with decreases in chronic poverty, child death rates, and HIV infections. Despite these improvements, too many are still left behind in cycles of poverty, disease, and injustice. The SDGs must give impetus to the concept that all people deserve a basic universal standard of well-being and acknowledge that no country has completely succeeded in achieving fair opportunity for every citizen.

“The SDGs represent one of the best opportunities we have to bring the international community together to end extreme poverty and combat structural inequalities,” said Molly Elgin-Cossart, CAP Senior Fellow and author of the brief. “But without political will and concrete action, the lofty rhetoric behind the SDGs risks being little more than words. Leaders must define what it means to leave no one behind and be held accountable for designing policies at home and abroad to fulfill this commitment.”

The concept of leave no one behind rests on a few basic principles, including that every single person on the plant deserves a fair shot at life; that the current way of doing business does not promote universal prosperity; and that progress is possible if we make progressive changes to the way countries grow and develop to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are included. While enshrining these principles into the SDGs will not solve all the world’s ills, it will amount to concrete action toward a better, safer, more just world. As global leaders meet to adopt these goals, it is critical to galvanize political will to see that no one is left behind.

Click here to read the brief “Leave No One Behind: Taking Action to Combat Global Poverty and Inequality” By Molly Elgin-Cossart

From the Globcal International editor: We began our development of Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation and Globcal International based under the concepts of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Rio Declaration on Sustainable Development and the Environment. Since the time we were founded to this time is exactly 21 years have passed, we have reached the crossroads, its time to follow an ecological path. Join us now at the crossroads.