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Horasis convened the 2017 Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais, Portugal over 27-30 May. Under the theme ‘Building Togetherness’, the Horasis community of more than 400 selected world leaders from 70 countries gathered for an unparalleled experience advancing solutions to the most critical challenges facing corporations and societies today. The annual Horasis Global Meeting is one of the world’s foremost gatherings of business leaders who interact with key government officials and eminent thought leaders.
Dr. Noel Akpata, NITX Founder and C.E.O Stratex Pro, charged the participants of the Horasis Global Meeting on Impact Investing and Global Philanthropy-Making A Difference”. In His Speech, Dr. Noel Akpata highlighted how business leaders can make a difference through the savvy deployment of money, skills and time and how to continue wealth creation with societal goals and how best to structure that effort. His statements were well thought-out, providing practical measures to these lingering questions.
Participants shared insights on the current state of the world which seems to become more fragile and fractious. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, stated in his welcome speech that ‘we need to build a new togetherness, to raise our belief in our inventiveness and in our ability to overcome oppression.’
According to José Manuel Barroso, former President of the European Commission, the two important conclusions from the meeting were that we have to strengthen international organizations, and that globalization is here to stay. ‘To achieve this, we must embrace a new spirit, looking towards and embracing others,’ said Deborah Wince-Smith, President, United States Council on Competitiveness, USA. And, as António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal put it: ‘World leaders must re-invent their roles and their management to accommodate an increasingly volatile world.’
‘Togetherness is the opposite of fragmentation and isolation. And nature is an integral part of a greater whole which includes the economic sphere as well as the social and political goods,’ said Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, Prefect, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Vatican City. ‘We must more readily accept people as the globe’s life-force; all must feel needed and valued more equally,’ added Canon Sarah Snyder, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Adviser for Reconciliation, United Kingdom.
Four Nobel Alumni debated how their prize helped others to generate togetherness as a force against ignorance and adversity. The panellists were:
• Bernard Kouchner, Founder, Médecins sans Frontières, France; Nobel Peace Prize 1999 on behalf of Médecins sans Frontières
• Rajendra K. Pachauri, President, World Sustainable Development Forum, India; Nobel Peace Prize 2007 on behalf of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
• José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize 1996; Former President of Timor-Leste, Timor-Leste
• Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize 1997; Chairperson, Nobel Women’s Initiative, USA
Other summit highlights included a debate between Shashi Tharoor, Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, India, and Norman Pearlstine, Vice Chairman, Time Inc., USA, about the shifting sands of world order. Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General, Commonwealth of Nations, championed the premises of global citizenry in times of economic and political stress. Likewise, William Y. Zhang, Chairman, EU-China Municipal Development Commission, China, reflected on how China can guide sustainable globalization. Roman Shaykhutdinov, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Tatarstan, spoke about the increasing importance of regional development in countries like Russia and other BRICS-economies