is expected to be voted into action
by the end of 2009,
and may initially be implemented in the Middle East
in conjunction with the framework
of the EU European Neighbour Police."
from: the olive press, January 29, 2008
AoC-, EU- related topics, global governance, NewAgemind-+soulCrimes, books+films, endtimes, ...
It's Stanford again: Cisco Chairman and chief executive officer John Chambers met with Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned today to announce that the company would establish a research and technology base at Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP).
Cisco plans to invest approximately $40 million in its centre at QSTP over the next three years. As part of this plan Cisco will collaborate with Qatar Foundation on a series of projects to help enable QSTP's vision of transforming Qatar into a knowledge-based economy, while facilitating youth employment across the country.
The announcement follows Cisco's recent official recognition as one of the first global strategic technology providers for Qatar's newly launched Youth Employment Initiative, announced by Sheikha Mozaat the UN Alliance for Civilization High Level Group Forum in Madrid on January 15.
Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner, a married couple that worked in computer operations staff at Stanford University, founded Cisco Systems in 1984.
While Cisco was not the first company to develop and sell a router (a device that forwards computer traffic between two or more networks), it was one of the first to sell commercially successful multi-protocol routers, to allow previously incompatible computers to communicate using different network protocols. Len Bosack has ties to SETI, an organization devoted to the "Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence".
The working session on the corporate contribution to the Alliance of Civilizations featured speeches by the chief executives of Siemens (Germany), ENEL (Italy), Les Eaux Minérales d’Oulmès (Morocco), Repsol-YPF (Spain), BBVA (Spain), Koc Group (Turkey), Sabanci Group (Turkey), and General Electric International (USA).
Main outcomes of the session were:
In a globalized environment, the modern business model must reinforce diversity, and not just accept or tolerate it. Intercultural understanding expressed through diversity is a central factor in the business world today, one in which the strengthening of cultural understanding generates greater financial benefits and offer elements of stability, understanding and mutual support. Many western multinationals make highly significant strategic investments in countries of diverse cultures and civilizations. Therefore, the creation of business value today is based upon making a suitable response to all kinds of diversity, including that of customers and employees.
This investment trend will continue to expand, in the light of the fact that many such countries contain a substantial proportion of the world’s natural resources (such as oil and natural gas). Lasting, stable business relations represent the best Alliance of Civilizations, one in which everybody wins and in which differences may more easily be overcome and destabilising factors may better be neutralised The creation of ties among business groups on both sides of the Alliance is a powerful expression of diversity, one that enables us to work in each country on behalf of that country and for its benefit. The alliance of business communities belonging to these two worlds, far from being a challenge arising from a diversity of cultures, represents today a factor of strategic opportunity for greater and better global development, in a sustained and efficient way.To become prosperous, the world must be at peace. Economies can only develop within a context of stability. Companies have to play a crucial role in achieving and maintaining peace. This is especially significant in view of the fact that 95 of the 150 largest economies in the world are not countries, but multinationals.
Corporate Responsibility (CR) is ever more important in companies’ strategies, and is seen as a critical element of competitiveness to ensure a better, more solidly grounded economic development in the framework of globalization. Companies and governments must join forces and act in a committed way to promote CR and extend it to all the societies on both sides of the Alliance, as a guarantee of equality, diversity, ethics, good governance, transparency, judicial security and long-term sustainability.
As part of the Forum’s outcomes, the Global Compact and the Alliance of Civilizations agreed to partner in the production of a publication on the business contribution to intercultural understanding and peace through commerce and diversity management”, aimed at raising the visibility of best practices in the corporate sector toward supporting cross-cultural relations."
When the italian press asked Gelli if the film was about the many italian misteries surrounding his work in the P2 , Gelli replied with a bronze face that all his work was done for the good of Italy and he mentioned that even his illustrius friend Francesco Cossiga (after Leo Zagami:
"another NWO criminal also his superior in the Knights of Malta by the way" ) said that the P2 was a lodge of historical value...obviously they forgot the fact that the P2 was involved in may criminal acts including being responsible of the 1980 Bologna massacre (Licio Gelli as been even condemned for this italian 9/11 kind of operation). Well Francesco Cossiga likes to forget such things as he used to be one of the Puppet Masters of Operation GLADIO in Europe and as always been a good friend and supporter of Licio Gelli's criminal activities.
Gelli was fighting for Franco in Albania and as part of the SS he helped organizing the transport of Nazis to (South-)America through the Vatican "ratlines", he was also famous to work for the Communists at the same time. Also he was involved in founding and beeing master of the P2 lodge, which would play a major role not just in the murder of the Pope John Paul I., but also in the Vatican Banking scandal in the 80's. There are even links to the "emise grey" behind the founding of the EU "Joseph Retinger", see more about all this in the links at the end to this article.
It was reported that other European countries, including Britain, had been put on alert by the Spanish for the possibility of terror attacks. In Berlin, Germany, arrived warnings towards the synagogues.
"The minister said that he could not reveal more about the police operation which was continuing but the National Intelligence Centre (CNI), the Spanish secret service, had warned at least four other European countries to prepare for “imminent attacks”.
A source at the CNI told El Pais, the Spanish newspaper, that the countries facing the immediate threat were France, Britain and Portugal."
Current Messengers of Peace and their areas of focus are
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan (Millennium Development Goals and hunger); conductor Daniel Barenboim (peace and tolerance); and here we go again author Paulo Coelho (intercultural dialogue); actor Michael Douglas (disarmament and peace and security); primatologist Jane Goodall (the environment); violinist Midori Goto (Millennium Development Goals and youth); cellist Yo-Yo Ma (youth); and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel (human rights and the Holocaust). (source: UN)
"Inner City Press asked about a story it had already reported, that the UN Department of Field Support lobbied Sudan to let Clooney into the country. UN spokesperson Michele Montas answered, "I cannot confirm this. I do not know. What I have on the announcement is what I have." So is the officer of charge of DFS currently in Sudan? That can't be confirmed either."
Video included, see link below, from Minute 15:28.
Other unanswered questions accumulated through the week. On Thursday, a UN response was sought to a European Court of Justice decision which in essence make the UN terrorism block list inapplicable in Europe, due to the lack of due process it affords to people put on the list. Any reaction? "I'll try to find out for you. We don't have anything at this point, but I'll get some answers for you." Transcript here. Thirty hours later, nothing.
How about the claim by Kemal Dervis of the UN Development Program, that the UN Department of Management is conducting a review of housing subsidies by governments to high UN officials? "I will ask whether there is a review under way. I had said there are rules. Of course we can ask for you." That is, a commitment was made to look into it, but nothing's been said so far. Likewise on the Alliance of Civilizations, a commitment was made to provide budget and other information, video here, but nothing was ever sent..."stay tuned!
The Annual Meeting 2008 programme will be based on the following five conceptual pillars:
-Business Competing While Collaborating
-Economics and Finance: Addressing Economic Insecurity
-Geopolitics Aligning: Interests across Divides
-Science and Technology: Exploring Nature’s New Frontiers (With advances in nanotechnologies, genetics andcomputer science in combination with other disciplines,"the extent to which mankind can control and manipulatethe natural world is reaching beyond the comprehension of the general public.")
-Values and Society: Understanding Future Shifts
Concerning the last section they write: "Despite the use of the term “soft power” in the last
decade, most have yet to contemplate the emergence of
a Chinese, Arab or Hindu civilization that would usurp the
dominance of western cultural and economic influence in
the near term.
• Though much more international attention is now being
placed on bridging cultural and religious divides, diversity
and migration are becoming contentious issues in a
variety of political settings worldwide....
Annual Meeting programme will explore
various facets of the cultural and normative shifts taking
place today that are emerging from various regions of the
see the whole list PUBLIC FIGURES: HERE
Some names from the List of Public Figures:
As of 16 January 2008
Davos, Switzerland 23-27 January 2008:
H.R.H. Prince Saud Bin Abdullah Bin
Kofi Annan Secretary-General, United Nations (1997-2006); Member of the Foundation Board, World Economic Forum
Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General, United Nations, New York
Ehud Barak Minister of Defence of Israel
José Manuel Barroso President, European Commission, Brussels
Carl Bildt Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden
Tony Blair Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997-2007); Member of the Foundation Board of the
World Economic Forum; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008
Youssuf Boutros-Ghali Minister of Finance of Egypt
Gordon Brown Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Micheline Calmy-Rey Federal Councillor of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation
Michael Chertoff US Secretary of Homeland Security
Yvo De Boer Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC), Bonn
Salam Fayyad Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority
Timothy F. Geithner President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, USA
Julie Louise Gerberding Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
Al Gore Vice-President of the United States of America (1993-2001); Nobel Laureate 2007
Angel Gurría Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),
John F. Kerry Senator from Massachusetts (Democrat), USA
Mohammad Khatami President, Foundation for Dialogue Among Civilizations; President of the Islamic Republic
of Iran (1997-2005)
Henry A. Kissinger Chairman, Kissinger Associates, USA;
Bernard Kouchner Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of France
Ken Livingstone Mayor of London, United Kingdom
Tzipi Livni Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel
Koichiro Matsuura Director-General, (UNESCO), Paris
David Miliband Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom
Amre Moussa Secretary-General, League of Arab States, Cairo
Shimon Peres President of Israel
Robert B. Zoellick President, World Bank, Washington DC
MADRID • The First AoC Forum kicked off yesterday.
A $100m media fund has been established to create films that "entertain and enlighten", Queen Noor of Jordan has announced. She said the fund would "promote, support and sustain media content to enhance mutual understanding and respect among different cultures and religions. She said it "breaks" her heart when children in countries around the world "internalize" the biases they see in film, especially about people who look different and pray differently.
Among those involved in the fund are UK businessman Sir Richard Branson, Participant Productions (makers of Syriana (staring George Clooney) and more recently The Kite Runner),
Hollywood's largest talent agency International Creative Management and distribution giant Summit Entertainment. You Tube will also host a dedicated channel for the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund content. UN chief Ban told delegates the fund would seek to "counter ugly stereotypes in popular culture."Another project is a Rapid Response Media Mechanism, aimed at reducing tensions in times of cross-cultural crises. "If a new crisis erupts on this front, a rapid response mechanism
will furnish voices of reason to reporters and producers around the world," said Ban.
Sources: The Peninsula LINK, AfP, LINK, Reuters
"Alliance of Civilizations Forum
When the United Nations launched the Alliance of Civilizations in 2006, many preferred to compare it to a half-empty glass rather than to a half-full one. And it was received with some skepticism for various reasons.
Either because it lay itself open to the very theories of a shock of civilization that it was intended, but was unable, to combat; or because it added to a plethora of existing initiatives; or because its aims were completely disproportionate to the scant means at its disposal; or yet because, within the framework of the global fight against terrorism, it sounded more like heavenly music than a bugle-call of foreign policy.
In May 2007, when I was appointed high representative, my motto was caution, confidence was my battle cry and certainty that the alliance would fill a political void my epigraph.
The expectations surrounding the Forum is threefold: it will mark a strong moment in the commitment by governments and by the international community to invest in the Alliance as a global space of governance of cultural diversity as the fourth pillar of sustainable development.
And it will be a laboratory for partnerships and for the launch of joint field-work involving practical projects in the areas of education, youth, the media and migrations.
Last, it will mobilize public opinion around the Alliance so as to turn it into an initiative open to citizen participation.
At the Madrid Forum, therefore, the Alliance will be provided new drive that, I hope, will mark its definitive turning point to concrete, practical field work. A great deal of its future will be played in 2008.
Either we shall be able to divulge the Alliance and anchor the regional processes under way, integrating it into the respective agendas (I am thinking of the European Union, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Ibero-America, the African Union, the Council of Europe, for example), or we shall find it hard to double the cape of good intentions.
Either we shall be able to include it in the states' internal agendas, or we shall be left standing in the field of debates and rhetoric.
Either we shall succeed in mobilizing civil society or we shall compromise our ultimate goal, which is to aim for small improvements in the field that will bring fresh hope to the people.
In our world marked by such profound imbalances, it is not just the planet that is showing an advanced state of degradation, but also human atmosphere.
Nevertheless, if we united our efforts we will be able to improve dialogue between mankind, to turn cultural and religious diversity into an opportunity for true, sustainable development of societies worldwide.
We know that the history of nations, of religions and of civilizations is made up of light and dark, that periods of peace have alternated with those of war, moments of confrontation, conflict and intolerance with a will for dialogue, for openness to our fellow men, for a culture of difference, tolerance and universal values.
The complex, demanding dialogue of civilizations, cultures and religions is necessary, possible and fruitful.
It is the best counterpoint for isolation, mistrust and confrontation, and also the most powerful incentive to openness, understanding and tolerance.
But it also shows us that it is not easy and that, if not taught and cultivated, it gives way to monologue or silence, almost always the yeast of dangerous extremist attitudes and fanatical urges.
Indeed, at times, cultures also tend to affirm their identities through confrontation with others. And cultural peculiarities, legitimized by religious or ethnic factors, have acted as vectors of conflict and domination.
Each civilization, each religion and each culture, within itself, must therefore be tolerant and recognize freedom of conscience and the right to difference.
Not only because intolerance of a culture or religion is proportional to intolerance within itself but also because intolerance of a culture or religion is not stable but varied throughout time.
The complex international situation created in the wake of Sept. 11, as well as of all the other terrorist attacks that have constantly marked this decade, has turned dialogue between civilizations, religions and cultures into a humanitarian urgency that cannot be postponed.
Therefore, the Alliance of Civilizations is the right initiative, at the right time. Together, we shall work to ensure that it will also bring about the right results, not some day, but right now, at the forum. Let us hope that this will be so!
Jorge Sampaio, U.N. high representative for the Alliance of Civilization and the former Portuguese president, contributed the following article to The Korea Times on the occasion of the Alliance of Civilizations Forum that will be held on Jan. 15 in Madrid, Spain. ― ED."
The launch of the 1,800-strong mission in the breakaway Serb province had been pencilled in for Jan. 28. But several states are concerned that is just days ahead of the expected Feb. 3 Serb election run-off, dominated by debate over Kosovo.
Postponing the deployment decision would also ensure it did not undermine the long-awaited signing of an agreement for closer ties with Serbia, which Brussels hopes to stage at a meeting of foreign ministers on Jan. 28.
"Most people think January would be bad timing (to launch the mission). They would take a lot of convincing at this stage to make them change their mind," one diplomat involved in deliberations on the issue said on Friday.
"There is no decision yet, but there are concerns about doing it in January because of the elections," said another envoy, adding there would be further discussions in the EU.
Kosovo is seen defying Belgrade and Serb ally Russia by making an independence declaration sometime around March...."
and now read this:
With Catalonia and the Basque country in mind, Spain is wary about the precedent of a region declaring independence unilaterally without a U.N. resolution."(same link)
"Claude Pepper Center is hosting its First Bridging Civilizations Conference from Feb 11th-13th, 2008, at Florida State University. The conference will be an opportunity for the world’s most influential policy makers, business leaders, and academics to forge alliances that transcend national and cultural boundaries.
Furthermore, Bridging Civilizations will:
Among those already invited and expected to attend are
Michael Oren, Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and author of Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present;
Yuval Rabin, the son of former Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin;
His Excellency Adel al-Jubeir, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States.
"It is our hope that these relationships will lead to new foreign policy approaches, faculty and student exchange programs, research opportunities and activism among youth."
The conference is being sponsored by Tallahassee's Figg Engineering Group, a firm that builds bridges all over the world...
"A global climate of dialogue is really not going to happen unless universities get involved," Kerr said."
The GPE website says:
"As of now, we are part of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Association of Colleges and Universities, helping to realize the UNAOC’s goal of bridging cultural gaps through youth exchanges and service projects."
“This event next week is the first major event of the Alliance of Civilizations,” the group’s Acting Director said at a press briefing in New York.
The “centrepiece” of the Forum will be the launching of two major initiatives, he (Shamall Idriss) noted, confirming that one of them will be a “major investment” in the Alliance’s planned youth employment initiative, which would bring together Governments and major multinational corporations.
Madrid will also see the launch of a multi-million dollar Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund, an initiative that will be run independently of the UN and set up by private philanthropists and media agencies to “support major film productions that help to promote cross-cultural understanding and combat stereotypes.”
He added that so far investors had committed $10 million towards what will ultimately be a $100 million campaign for the Fund. While the names of the Fund’s partners will be announced at next week’s gathering, he noted that they include new media companies that were “household names” and “three major Hollywood film companies.”http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=25241&Cr=civilization&Cr1=