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Chairman's Statement for GLF Annual Report 2018-19

 Oct 23, 2019 11:00 AM

In continuing to emphasise the volatility and uncertainty of the world in 2019, I also note the persistence of many of the issues that have engaged the Foundation since its formation in 2004. Newly elected heads of government face familiar problems in overcoming the legacy of their predecessors, elections themselves still tend to divide societies rather than unite them, leaders in power may distort the constitution to extend their term in office, corruption remains endemic in so many countries, small entities or regions in larger countries continue to seek greater autonomy and many terrorist organisations endure. These issues continue to confront the leaders of today and many of them can recognise the value of the experience of those who have already faced and overcome such challenges. The demand for the discreet advice of former leaders of integrity continues and the Foundation remains as relevant today as it has been since the beginning.

In consequence, our main priority must be to ensure that the Foundation exists in robust good health and has the ability to respond today. Much of our work in the past year has been directed at ensuring that we have not only the right blend of experience and skills amongst our Members but also the necessary administrative capacity and financial robustness to provide help to leaders this year and next. Our Members bring the experience of their own past, and are always ready to learn about the future and the way each issue is itself evolving, but we must never forget that the capability and capacity required to deliver our projects must be available now. In order to help to strengthen the development of that capacity for both today and tomorrow, the Board of GLF has decided, and the Members have agreed, that the Foundation should have two Vice Chairmen and, as a result, the Chairman of the existing Strategy and Development Committee will also become a Vice Chairman of the Foundation.

Our Annual Meeting was held in Ireland this year for the first time. Introduced by the former Prime Minister of Ireland and now GLF Member, John Bruton, the Meeting was, as always, a very important way to bring together the GLF Network of Members, supporters and partner organisations to take stock of the past year, discuss a wide range of current global issues and plan the year ahead. The Meeting is described in more detail in this Report but its importance, not only in shaping the work of the Foundation but also in sharing an understanding of it discreetly amongst our own people who spend the year widely spread across the world, cannot be overstated. It was also an excellent opportunity to engage businesses, philanthropists and charities in a famously outward-looking Country and some of those contacts will remain important elements of the Network in the years to come.

This Report records a busy and successful year. Our projects have made a significant difference to the lives of many in widely spread parts of the world, our links with like-minded organisations are stronger than ever and our finances are more robust than they were a year ago. I am most grateful to all elements of the GLF family for their active contribution to those successes. Please keep up the good work.

FW de Klerk

16 October 2019


GLF congratulates Barbara Barrett

 Oct 17, 2019 4:00 AM

The Global Leadership Foundation offers its warmest congratulations to Strategy Committee Member Barbara Barrett on her appointment as the USA 25th Secretary of the Air Force.


GLF welcomes back Juan Gabriel Valdés

 Oct 16, 2019 4:00 AM

GLF is delighted to welcome back Juan Gabriel Valdés as an active member.

Valdés first joined GLF in 2013 but became an inactive member between 2014 to 2018 while he served as Chile's Ambassador to the United States.

Juan Gabriel Valdés is a career-long diplomat having served as Chile's Ambassador to Spain from 1990 and 1994, Chile's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2000, Chile's Permanent Representative to the UN from 2000 to 2003, Chile's Ambassador to Argentina from 2003 to 2004 and from 2004 to 2006, he was the Special Representative of Chile to the United Nations.


GLF in New York

 Oct 3, 2019 10:00 AM

GLF Vice Chairman Chester Crocker and Projects Director Amitav Banerji were in New York for part of the ‘high-level week’ of the United Nations General Assembly, coinciding with the presence there of a large number of Heads of State and Government. The Vice Chairman met with two African leaders within that window of opportunity. The Projects Director separately met with some partner organisations which promote common values and objectives, with a view to raising awareness of GLF as well as exploring possible project opportunities.

A number of GLF Members were also in New York during this period in the pursuit of other roles, some of which are of interest to GLF. The Projects Director made the fullest possible use of the opportunity to consult the visiting Members and benefit from their advice on countries and issues with which they are particularly familiar.



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