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Mikhail Gorbachev: Prophet of Change By Green Cross International

Mikhail Gorbachev: Prophet of Change by Green Cross International

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Mikhail Gorbachev is living proof that the word is mightier than the sword; that ideas, not armies, change the world. Two key words, Perestroika and Glasnost, characterised his philosophy - words that came to represent change and freedom in the universal consciousness. This book traces the evolution of his vision.

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Mikhail Gorbachev: Prophet of Change: From the Cold War to a Sustainable World by Green Cross International

Mikhail Gorbachev is living proof that the word is mightier than the sword; that ideas, not armies, change the world. Dedicated to ridding humanity of the threat of nuclear annihilation, Gorbachev called for multilateral action to forge a common future at a time when the superpowers were at loggerheads. Two key words, Perestroika and Glasnost, characterised his philosophy - words that came to represent change and freedom in the universal consciousness. Gorbachev's radical thought ignited sweeping reforms in the Soviet Union, inspired liberation movements across Eastern Europe, and thawed decades of Cold War enmity. For Gorbachev, environmental matters have always been inextricably bound up with peace, security and social justice. The transition from head of state of the USSR to president of a non-governmental organisation, Green Cross International, was therefore a natural one. "Mikhail Gorbachev: Prophet for Change" traces the evolution of his vision, in particular the origins and outcomes of his environmental agenda, which belong to the important legacy of the changes Gorbachev initiated in the Soviet Union and the world. Without these critical initiatives, the many advances of today's global environmental movement would not have been possible. This anthology, featuring select speeches and writings, as well as tributes from political contemporaries and partners in the environmental and peace movements, has been compiled by Green Cross International to celebrate Gorbachev's 80th birthday. The tributes from colleagues and friends - ranging from political heavyweights George Bush and Margaret Thatcher to renowned champions of sustainability Maurice Strong and Achim Steiner - reflect the esteem in which Mikhail Gorbachev is held, and the special place he occupies in the history of our times.

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Mikhail Gorbachev is a truly great man whose achievements extend well beyond the political arena; a man who has indisputably changed the course of history.A" - Giorgio Armani Gorbachev emerges as a leader in his own class, with the authority to call his peers - the leaders of the 21st Century - to action, and face the chal- lenges that must be addressed on a global scale. Today, his actions continue to remove barriers, exactly as they did 25 years ago.A" - Ricardo Lagos

About Green Cross International

GREEN CROSS INTERNATIONAL (GCI) is an independent non-profit and non-governmental organisation that works to address the inter- connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through a combination of high level advo- cacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva and has a growing network of national offices in over 30 countries. The call for setting up a 'Red Cross' for the environment was made during the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. Having stated that 'after the fall of the Berlin Wall the most pressing challenge for humanity relates to the relationship between man and nature', former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was asked to lead this effort and became the founder of Green Cross International. MIKHAIL GORBACHEV, born in 1931, was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR from 1985 to 1991. As head of state he introduced the radical turnaround of his country's foreign and internal policies which led to a complete transformation of the Eastern Bloc and Europe. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, and in 1991 resigned as Head of State. He became President of the Gorbachev Foundation in 1992, and since 1993 he has been President of Green Cross International. He is the recipient of numerous awards and the author of many publications including Memoirs and Manifesto for the Earth.

Table of Contents

Preface Words of Gorbachev World in Transition - The End of the Cold War Issyk-Kul Forum (Speech 20 October 1986) Murmansk Initiative (Speech 1 October 1987) Freedom of Choice (speech to 43rd U.N. General Assembly Session, 7 December 1988) Europe as a Common Home (Council of Europe 6 July 1989) Grim Legacy of Old (Speech at 28th Communist Party Congress 2 July 1990 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech (10 December 1990) Address to the Global Forum on Environment and Development for Survival (Moscow, 19 January 1990) The Nobel Lecture (Speech- 5 June 1991) Final Televised Address as President of the USSR (25 December 1991) Speech at the Opening of the Fourth International Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders (20 April 1993) What Made Me a Crusader (Op-ed- Time Special Issue, November 1997) Nature Will Not Wait (World Watch Magazine, March/April 2001) Weapons of Mass Destruction: Free World The Importance of Chemical Weapons Abolition (Speech- Geneva Forum on the Worldwide Destruction of Chemical Weapons, 26 June 2003) Address for Second Rally for International Disarmament, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (6-8 May 2008) The Nuclear Threat (Op-ed- Wall Street Journal, 31 January 2007) Speech at Overcoming Nuclear Dangers Conference (16 April 2009) Disarmament Lessons from the Chemical Weapons Convention (Op-ed- Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 16 June 2009) Two First Steps on Nuclear Weapons (op-ed- NY Times, 25 September 2009) Resetting the Nuclear Disarmament Agenda (Speech at the United Nations in Geneva, 5 October 2009) The Ice Has Broken (Op-ed- NY Times, 22 April 2010) Address for the Nobel Peace Laureates Forum (12-14 November 2010) The Senate's Next Task: Ratifying the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (op-ed- NY Times- 28 December 2010) Green Agenda Climate Challenge The New Path to Peace and Sustainability (Article- El Pais, 30 January 2004) A New Glasnost for Global Sustainability (Article- The Optimist April 2004) Energy Shift, Now (Forum 2004, 2 June 2004) The Third Pillar of Sustainable Development (Preface to Toward a Sustainable World: The Earth Charter in Action, 2005) The Lessons of Chernobyl (Interview- The Optimist April 2006) Interview with the House Magazine (2006) Foreword to Antarctica: The Global Warming (October 2006) Mikhail Gorbachev on World Food Crisis (Op-ed- Rossiskaya Gazeta daily 13 May 2008) Failure in Copenhagen would be 'catastrophic risk': Gorbachev (Interview- Agence France-Presse, 3 December 2009) Address to the Club of Rome (26 October 2009) Tear Down This Wall! And Save the Planet (Op-ed- The Times, 9 November 2009) Playing Russian Roulette with Climate Change (Op-ed- Project Syndicate, 3 December 2009) We Have a Real Emergency (Op-ed- NY Times, 9 December 2009) After Copenhagen: A New Leadership Challenge (Op-ed- GCI website, 22 December 2009) Let's Get Serious About Climate Talks (Op-ed- NY Times, 3 November 2010) Water for Peace A New Glasnost for Our Future: The Right to Water and Dignified Life (Speech- World Urban Forum, 13 September 2004) Our Common Future (Speech- La Plata Basin Dialogues, 12 September 2005) Access to Water is Not a Privilege, it's a Right (Article- The Optimist, 2005) All of Us Should be Ashamed (Op-ed- Financial Times, 21 March 2007) Climate Change and Water Security: Solving the Equation (Op-ed- Project Syndicate, 6 June 2007) Foreword to Water for Peace - Peace for Water (Article- 2008) Tomorrow May be Too Late to Address Water Crisis (Speech- 'Peace with Water' conference, 12 February 2009) The Right to Water (Op-ed- NY Times 16 July 2010) CSA Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev (Autumn 2010) Word on Gorbachev Contributors - Shimon Peres George Bush Sr. Ruud Lubbers F. W. de Klerk Dr. Jan Kulczyk Federico Mayor Zaragoza Mario Soares Maurice Strong Martin Lees Ted Turner Achim Steiner Diane Meyer Simon Dr. Ismail Serageldin Guido Pollice Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp Sir David King Shoo Iwasaki Jean-Michel Cousteau Steven Rockefeller Charles & Diane Gallagher Sergei Kapitsa Alexander Likhotal Pat Mitchell & Scott Seydel Ricardo Lagos Margaret Thatcher

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Mikhail Gorbachev: Prophet of Change: From the Cold War to a Sustainable World by Green Cross International
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