Becoming changemakers to spread just governance
The Caux 2013 Initiatives for human security conferences have started with the opening of Just Governance.
The session has been launched by John Bond, Joint Coordinator of Just Governance; Mohamed Sahnoun, Former Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and Omnia Marzouk, President of Initiatives of Change International.
Described by John Bond as a ’gathering of changemakers’, this first session has been dedicated to governance and change. As the speakers have pointed out, good governance is important to every human being: it affects all of us, as we have a right to be treated with both integrity and respect. Participants, too, have highlighted the importance of ethical management. Indeed, they have expressed their need for it in various areas – political, social and environmental.
In the coming days, people who have come to Caux to find out how to promote good administration should see some of their questions answered, for the organizers of Just Governance have expressed their desire to make the conference a practical one. Plenaries and group discussions will focus on current problems, as well as on issues raised by participants. Together with the audience, speakers will work to find solutions with the belief that all changes – even small ones – matter.
In her opening speech, Omnia Marzouk, has reminded participants of a question we ought to ask ourselves: ’Am I prepared to live in my own life the values I want to see in my society?’ If the answer is yes, we can become changemakers and will be able to spread good governance. This idea is clearly illustrated by Mahatma Gandhi’s words, which Mohamed Sahnoun quoted to conclude his intervention: ’You must be the change you want to see in the world.’
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