Global Creative Leadership Summit to Address the Challenges and Opportunities of Globalization - Tucson News Now

Global Creative Leadership Summit to Address the Challenges and Opportunities of Globalization

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- On the morning of September 23 at the Metropolitan Club, an acclaimed group of world leaders -- including Director General of the World Trade Organization Pascal Lamy, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Director of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Khan, and GCLS founder Louise Blouin -- will lead a discussion on the many threats and opportunities presented by globalization. The distinguished panel is part of a three-day conference designed to develop tangible actions and solutions in response to our most pressing and immediate problems.

The keynotes will address:

"We are at a turning point where we must choose between preserving our freedom or living in conditions of constant conflict and terror," says Louise Blouin, founder of the Louise Blouin Foundation and the Global Creative Leadership Summit. "This choice is the result of not only past inaction on important issues such as poverty in Africa and the Middle East crisis, but is due to the new and emergent shared global threats that are on our near horizon. Threats such as climate change, further financial crises, and the global proliferation of bio- and cyber-weapons show us that we need a coordinated approach to global governance, trade, international rule of law, and the support from nations and global agencies alike."

"Peace and economic stability are intimately entwined. If you lose one, you are likely to lose the other," says keynote speaker Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Director of the International Monetary Fund. "Peace is a necessary precondition for trade, sustained economic growth, and prosperity. But it can also work the other way. Economic stability, and a rising prosperity that is broadly shared, both within and among countries, can foster peace. This is most likely to happen in an atmosphere of economic cooperation, of openness, of a multilateral approach to economic and political problems. When the nations of the world come together to address common challenges in a spirit of solidarity, we can attain a virtuous cycle of peace and prosperity and avoid a vicious cycle of conflict and stagnation. The IMF was created to fight the economic roots of war."

Over three days, delegates will debate and discuss such vital issues as emerging security challenges, the global financial crisis, the geopolitics/geoeconomics of the Middle East, culture, and global media.

The Global Creative Leadership Summit is organized by the Louise Blouin Foundation. Now in its fourth year, the Summit aims to create change through critical discussions among a diverse group of international leaders, including heads of state, top CEOs, heads of global agencies, Nobel laureates, leading research scientists, and artists. The GCLS is unique in that it looks at issues such as conflict and poverty through the lens of culture and science, as well as politics and economics, and seeks solutions that can be applied by our delegates globally.

Each year the Louise Blouin Foundation honors individuals who have shown leadership at the global level. Part honorees include His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, President William Clinton, Nobel Laureate in Medicine Sir Paul Nurse, Intel Corporation Chairman Dr. Craig Barrett, and contemporary artists Jeff Koons and Chuck Close.

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Venue: The Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022

For further information about the Summit, Gala or the Foundation, please contact:

Alexandra Polier, Director of Public Relations, Louise Blouin Media; 646-753-9061

SOURCE Louise Blouin Foundation

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