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Initiatives of Change Switzerland
Friday, 6. August 2004

A South African woman who lost her only daughter, Lyndi, in an attack on a Cape Town restaurant in 1993 and a black freedom fighter who ordered the attack spoke together today of the stepping stones of healing and reconciliation that had brought them together.

Thursday, 5. August 2004

‘Terrorism is a tactic, a means, not an end, so where is the enemy in the “war against terror”?’ Dr. Farooq Hassan, a leading Pakistani lawyer asked. Dr. Hassan suggested that a majority in the Muslim world are reacting more against their own corrupt and non-democratic regimes, rather than engaging in a clash of cultures or civilizations. Fake or imported leadership imposed from outside, as in Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan won’t last long; ‘you cannot create an artificial leadership,’ he warned.

Tuesday, 3. August 2004

Over 250 artists as well as many others participated from the 24th to the 30th of July in morning plenary sessions or ‘conversations’, workshops (over 12 interactive concurring workshops, with activities ranging from acting and singing to photography and origami) The Arts a la carte, four to five concurring events every afternoon, evening programmes (three plays in the theatre, followed by concerts and dancing).

Wednesday, 21. July 2004

Bernard Cassen, Director General of Le Monde Diplomatique, architect of the Porto Alegre World Social Forums and founder of the ATTAC movement for economic justice today declared that ‘liberal globalization is a social failure that accentuates inequalities’. He was addressing the annual Caux Conference for Business and Industry at the Initiatives of Change centre in Switzerland.

Tuesday, 20. July 2004

Dr Christie Peacock, Chief Executive Officer of the UK charity Farm Africa, and a world authority on agriculture, deplored the lack of governmental and international investment in Africa, ‘the most rural continent in the world’, where 80 per cent of the population rely on farming for their livelihoods. Investment had declined ‘in a scandalous manner’ by two-thirds in the last 10 years, she said. Direct food aid to Eritrea, for instance, was 40 times the aid to agricultural development.

Monday, 19. July 2004

A British Labour politician and a Swiss engineer told the CCBI conference today that business has a vital role in world development.

Sunday, 18. July 2004

Lech Walesa, Polish President from 1990 to 1995, Nobel Peace laureate, and one of the founders of the Solidarity trade union movement in Poland that hastened the downfall of the communist regime, spoke last night to the 32nd annual Caux Conference for Business and Industry on the theme of “Globalization: Closing the Gaps”. ‘We are living through a change of era,’ he said, ‘moving out of a world of blocs, of systems and nations, into a globalized world of information, intellect and technology and moving to larger structures than the state.’

Saturday, 17. July 2004

Prabhat Kumar, the Director of an independent Centre for Governance in India and former Governor of Jharkand State, said today that ‘there is a palpable crisis of governance in many developing countries’. He was speaking at the 32nd annual Caux Conference for Business and Industry in Caux, Switzerland, on the theme ‘Globalization: closing the gaps’.

Saturday, 17. July 2004

Jean-Daniel Gerber, the Swiss State Secretary for Economic Affairs tonight spoke of the ‘major challenge of poverty reduction’ and the urgent need for reforms in the rich world’s economies. He noted that the world’s development aid last year amounted to US$ 68.5 billion, while agricultural subsidies in the rich world came to US$ 300 billion, and military spending was at US$ 1,000 billion. It was urgent to give the developing countries better access to rich-world markets, and to accord debt relief, he said.

Thursday, 15. July 2004

A third Young Politicians Forum was held 8-14 July 2004 in Caux, Switzerland, in the framework of conference ‘Service, Responsibility, Leadership: enabling individuals and communities’.