Global Leaders Congress 2009

In light of the current financial crisis, Rights and Humanity and our partners are hosting an Emergency Congress in London from 23rd-25th February, in order to contribute to the G20 reform process. 


Ubuntu: From Crisis to a Just and Sustainable World Economy
Under the Patronage of
His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
In cooperation with
The South African Human Rights Commission, and Tomorrow’s Company 


‘The G20 summit in London in April will be an important opportunity for developed and developing countries to come together to address financial instability and its effects.

No solution will be complete without addressing the challenges facing the developing world. I am therefore delighted to support the Rights and Humanity Emergency Meeting in February and look forward to hearing your conclusions. My best wishes for a successful congress and thank you for your support as we seek global solutions to global challenges.’

                                                                              The Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Gordon Brown.


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The focus on reforming international financial architecture, the consensus achieved in the Declaration of the Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy, adopted by G20 leaders, Washington, 15 November 2008, and other reform initiatives, provide an historic opportunity for a profound analysis of the global economic paradigm.

Rights and Humanity, Tomorrow’s Company and our partners will bring together leaders from the public, private and civil society sectors in London, UK, 23-25 February, 2009, in a working meeting to develop multi-stakeholder consensus on solutions and recommendations for reform. The timing of the Congress is critical as its recommendations will be fed into the G20 process prior to the critical meeting in London on 2 April 2009.

The focus at the highest political levels on restructuring the financial architecture and the consensus achieved in the Washington Declaration adopted by G20 leaders, 15 November 2008, provide an historic opportunity for a profound analysis of the global economy. Humanity urgently needs to create a new global economic paradigm. Time is not on our side; it is vital we get our priorities right.

The Congress will be a solutions-oriented working meeting focused on contributing to the G20 reform process and other initiatives. It will develop guiding principles for building sustainable financial institutions and a global economic paradigm which gives equal weight to economic stability, social justice and environmental stewardship.

The Congress will:
• Make urgent recommendations to all sectors for tackling the immediate consequences of the international financial crisis, addressing the impacts on food, water and fuel security, the vulnerability of people living in poverty, and the need to avert cuts in support for development programmes and climate change initiatives.
• Review best practice from the public, private and civil society sectors demonstrating that economic success, human rights, equity and sustainability, can and should be mutually supportive and reinforcing.
• Draw on this experience to articulate guiding principles for reshaping global economic governance in order to achieve a just and sustainable world economy which delivers all the outcomes of economic stability, social justice and environmental protection.

When and Where?
Three Days: Monday 23rd February – Wednesday 25th February 2009,

South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DP

The timing of our Congress is critical. By meeting in February 2009, we have the opportunity to feed the multi-stakeholder recommendations adopted at the Congress into the G20 process before its next deadline of 31 March 2009, agreed at the Washington Summit.

Contribution to the G20 process of reform of the international financial architecture and wider world economy and other initiatives through:
• Recommendations for protecting poor people and countries from the worst consequences of the crisis and for averting cuts in support for development and environment initiatives
• Establishing an evidence base for using a principled approach to global economic governance
• Guiding principles for achieving a just and sustainable world economy using a human rights and responsibilities framework
• Strategic partnerships built between public, private and civil society actors and strengthened policy and practice through the sharing of experience.
• Recognition that building sustainability, social justice and a green economy is not an “add-on” but the fundamental organising principle for securing future prosperity on the basis of equity and the protection of the planet’s bio-diversity for future generations.



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