During a visit to Washington DC in September, GLF Projects Director Amitav Banerji held consultations with the Organisation of American States, World Bank Group, Inter-American Dialogue and National Democratic Institute.
At the end of September, GLF Member Elisabeth Rehn travelled to Phoenix, Arizona to speak at a lunch event organised by the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute which enabled her to share her experiences as a Minister, for the UN and for GLF. She also spoke at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. She was accompanied by the CEO GLFSir Robert Fulton who was also able to meet and brief GLF supporters who had joined the International Council at the time of our Chairman’s visit last year.
Sir Robert also visited Washington DC and New York for meetings with GLF supporters. The visit also included a meeting with Ms Sundaa Bridgett-Jones, Senior Associate Director of the Rockefeller Foundation
In September, the Chairman of GLF visited Dublin to introduce GLF to a wider international audience. During the short stay he met members of the business community hosted by AIB in addition to speaking at a seminar organised by Dóchas (the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations), hosted by Davy. He also visited EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum at the invitation of Neville Isdell and hosted by Mervyn Greene, Director of CHQ.
The African Union (AU) has deployed an election observation mission (AUEOM) in Rwanda to observe the presidential election scheduled for the 4th of August this year.
Headed by Cassam Uteem, former President of Mauritius, the mission comprises of 40 observers drawn from various African countries and AU institutions, and it will remain in the country until the announcement of final results.
GLF Chairman FW de Klerk and GLF Member Lakhdar Brahimi attended the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul accompanied by CEO Robert Fulton. During the Congress they formed the panel for a discussion on ‘Diplomacy and Dispute Resolution in the Oil and Gas Industry’. During their 3 day visit to the Congress, they held meetings with BP, Total, Halliburton, Statoil, Valeura Energy and the Youth Committee of the World Petroleum Council.
It is with great sadness that I have been informed that my dear friend and colleague, Sir Ketumile Masire, passed away. From about 2004 he served as a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation under my Chairmanship. His contributions to the activities of the Global Leadership Foundation have been of tremendous value to a number of governments, especially in Africa. Sir Ketumile was always prepared to serve when we called upon him and I have the highest appreciation for the positive and constructive role he played throughout his membership of the Global Leadership Foundation.
On a personal level we became good friends. His wisdom and his sense of humour was at difficult moments a great support to me and our other colleagues in the GLF.
On behalf of myself and the Foundation, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends and to all the people of the Republic of Botswana.
In June 2017 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Ghassan Salamé of Lebanon as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
Mr Salamé has succeeded Martin Kobler of Germany.
In 2003 Mr Salame served as the Political Advisor to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), where he played a crucial role in bringing together Iraqi factions and was then appointed as Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General (2003-2007, 2012).
In June 2017 GLF Vice Chairman Joe Clark and GLF Projects Director met the UN Secretary- General, António Guterres in New York. On the same visit they met other senior UN officials to explore ways that GLF might work with the UN system.
In May 2017, GLF Projects Director Amitav Banerji participated in an International Forum in Rome convened by the Italian Presidency of the G-7, prior to the G-7 summit in Taormina, to put together proposals on Globalisation, Inclusion and Sustainability.