GLF Vice Chairman Joe Clark, accompanied by Projects Director Amitav Banerji, were once again in New York in late September, at the time of the annual session of the UN General Assembly. They met a Head of Government who has shown interest in GLF support.
They also held discussions with the following partner organisations at senior level: EastWest Institute, the International Institute for Democracy & Electoral Assistance and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In addition, there was a meeting with the head of the Electoral Assistance Division of the UN Department for Political Affairs. The discussions with these organisations, apart from enhancing awareness of GLF and its work, explored ways in which collaboration could take place in future.
The Owls Foundation has published a second volume of their book entitled Breakthrough: From Innovation to Impact. The book illustrates, through a wide range of specific examples, how good ideas can be made real and deliver effect. This second volume includes the story of GLF at Chapter 1, based on interviews with our Chairman FW de Klerk, Sir John Shepherd (former Secretary General of GLF) and Sir Robert Fulton (current CEO).
The GLF Projects Director, Amitav Banerji, visited Washington DC from 4 to 7 September 2018. He attended the annual CAF Conference on Latin America, co-organised by the Latin-American Development Bank, Organisation of American States (OAS) and InterAmerican Dialogue. He also held discussions with senior officials of the OAS, the US Agency for International Development, National Democratic Institute, International Republican Institute, InterAmerican Dialogue and World Bank Group, exchanging notes on countries of shared interest and exploring possibilities of future collaboration.
GLF is delighted that Jean-Pierre Raffarin accepted the Chairman's invitation to join the Foundation. Jean-Pierre Raffarin served as Prime Minister of France from 2002 to 2005. He also served as a Member and Questor of the European Parliament from 1989-1995 and as Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce and Craft from 1995-1997.
In June 2017 Mr De Klerk visited Calgary, Alberta to address the Canadian Energy Executive Association. During his stay he was met by Senior Executives of of Nutrien; Vice Chairman Joe Clark and GLF Strategy Committee Members Francis Saville and Randy Gossen also attended. The Chairman then visited New York to meet some members of the GLF International Council before returning to South Africa.
GLF is delighted that Ricardo Luna accepted the Chairman's invitation to join the Foundation. Ricardo Luna served as Minister of Foreign Affairs for Peru from 2016 – 2018. In a distinguished diplomatic career, he was Peru’s Ambassador to the UK (2006-10), USA (1993-99) and the UN (1989-1992) and also served in key positions in Tel Aviv, Geneva, Paris and Quito.
GLF is delighted to report that former President Festus Mogae accepted the Chairman's invitation to become a GLF Member.
Mr Mogae led the Republic of Botswana from 1998 to 2008 during which time the country experienced steady economic growth. Earlier he served as Vice President from 1992 to 1998. In 2008 he received the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.
In May 2018, Robert Fulton made a short visit to Washington DC to extend GLF’s links with the wider business and professional communities, to make GLF better known to key decision makers and to explore the opportunities for new contacts to support GLF.
Amitav was invited to the Tana High-level Forum on African Security in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, in April 2018. He availed himself of the opportunity to meet senior officials from the African Union Commission, the Ethiopian Government and a number of diplomats, academics, representatives of think tanks and civil society organisations from across Africa and beyond, including some donor governments that have significant programmes of development assistance for Africa.
A delegation of GLF Members visited Vienna in late April, for discussions with the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Dr Thomas Greminger, in Vienna. The delegation consisted of Micheline Calmy-Rey, Wolfgang Schuessel and Hikmet Çetin, with Amitav Banerji accompanying from the Secretariat. The talks with SG Greminger and his senior team covered ways in which GLF could support the OSCE as an institution, as well as possible opportunities for engagement with OSCE member states.