Green Cross is celebrating the 82nd birthday of our founding president, Mikhail Gorbachev.
Since establishing Green Cross International in 1993, President Gorbachev, whose birthday was on 2 March, has for two decades now devoted his life to the struggle for a healthy planet.
Years before Green Cross's founding, President Gorbachev was already calling for a global shift in values and action that would enable humanity to develop sustainably and
equitably, and help communities affected by manmade environmental emergencies.
In 1990, during his address to the Global Forum on Environment and Development for Survival in Moscow, President Gorbachev said there was a need to create an “international Green Cross that offers its assistance to States in ecological trouble”. After being invited by participants to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 to launch a “Red Cross for the environment”, President Gorbachev founded Green Cross International on 18 April 1993.
2013 is, therefore, a momentous year for our organization, as we celebrate 20 years of Green Cross action to address today's modern challenges, and promote solutions and measures to respond.
GCI continues to carry out its founder’s mission to respond to the interrelated challenges of environmental degradation, security and poverty, and help guide humanity towards a more secure future.
Stay tuned as Green Cross celebrates its milestone with important activities throughout 2013, starting with a major photo exhibit in Geneva, Switzerland, during June and July, followed by two days of cultural events and high-level discussions during 2-3 September, all held in conjunction with Geneva City and Canton authorities and the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Green Cross International has come a long way under the guidance and vision of Mikhail Gorbachev. With that, we would like to wish our Founding President a very happy birthday and thank him for his dedication and wisdom during the past 20 years, without which this organization would not be where it is today. Happy Birthday Mr. Gorbachev!