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2017 Feb 10th

Mikhail Gorbachev resigns from GCI Board

Mikhail Gorbachev has resigned from his position on the Board of Green Cross International and simultaneously renounced his title of Founding President. President Gorbachev was the Chairman of Green Cross International until October 2016, when famous ocean explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau was elected to succeed him. While no longer Chairman, President Gorbachev remained a member of the Board and fully committed to advancing the Green Cross mission.

“This was a difficult decision to take given the role of GCI in my life, however the present circumstances do not leave me any other choice,” said Gorbachev. He leaves, “in great sadness and with unwavering respect to all my friends and supporters,” because he does not want to give any legitimacy to the developments that are taking place in the organization, as explained in his letter.

President Gorbachev requested that his letter and this message be circulated through the Green Cross network and to be made public through publication on the Green Cross International website.

Following the resignation of President Gorbachev, GCI Treasurer Sander Mallien and the newly elected Chairman Jean-Michel Cousteau also resigned.

 

Dear Members of the GCI Board,

I have been attentively following the situation evolving after our meeting in Moscow last October, that has adopted by overwhelming majority a number of important decisions, designed to provide for the smooth renewal of the GCI leadership (election of the new Chairman of the Board and devising the transparent and competitive mechanisms of the new President selection process) as well as the necessary provisions for the GCI functioning in the transition period. The strict implementation of these decisions offered an opportunity to overcome the operational difficulties and to set the conditions for healthy development of the organization. However, the destructive tendencies that were already visible during the meeting in the position of the GCCH leadership, unfortunately have only gathered momentum in the post Board period, when our colleague, representing the Swiss organisation, switched from words to action.

I cannot qualify what has followed other than as an attempt of aggressively hostile takeover of the GCI, its “strangling” by way of unilateral repudiation from its chartered duties, ill-intended undermining of the GCI positions, direct sabotage of the decisions adopted by the Board and behind the stage intrigues designed to discredit the GCI.

In this situation I consider the continuation of my Board membership not possible, since I do not want to legitimise these attempts with my presence, that could provide an impression of the disputes “normality”. In addition, I was prepared to assist the GCI in the implementation of its mission, however I do not want and can’t afford wasting my time and efforts on fruitless squabbles, imposed on our agenda by someone’s ambitions and backstage intrigues.

Herewith I inform you that I resign from the GCI Board and simultaneously reject the title of its Founding President and hold totally responsible the instigators of the attacks on the GCI for the consequences. I request to inform the National Organisations about my decision and to publish it on the GCI web site.

This was a tough decision to take given the role of GCI in my life, however the present circumstances do not leave me any other choice.

In great sadness and with unwavering respect to all my friends and supporters.

Mikhail Gorbachev

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