Green Cross International (GCI) has made a series of key changes to its Board of Directors, as well as electing Dr Ashok Khosla, a leading international expert on the environment and sustainable development, to its Honorary Board.
The moves were made during GCI’s General Assembly held on 2 September, 2013, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary celebrations of the organisation.
Elected to the 13-member Board of Directors were Green Cross Argentina (represented by President Marisa Arienza), Green Cross Cote d’Ivoire (President Koffi Mathieu Mahika) and Green Cross Italia (President Elio Pacilio).
Also, Green Cross Switzerland and GCI’s American chapter, Global Green USA, will have new individuals representing them on the Board, namely Martin Bäumle (incoming President, Green Cross Switzerland) and Robert Bucklin (new Chairman, Global Green USA).
“The introduction of these new faces to the GCI Board of Directors will provide our global organization with reinvigorated leadership, ideas and vision,” said GCI President Alexander Likhotal. “This is an important move for Green Cross as we enter our third decade of work for humanity and the environment.”
In another move that adds intellectual and scientific weight to the organisation, GCI has elected Dr Ashok Khosla as a member of its Honorary Board. Dr Khosla is the founder of the Development Alternative Group, co-president of the Club of Rome, and former president of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
“We are truly lucky to have a person of Dr Khosla’s standing available to advise and support GCI on matters of sustainable development, environmental protection and ensuring a viable future for humanity,” Dr Likhotal added.
Other members of the GCI Honorary Board include H.E. Javier Perez de Cuellar, Victor Danilov-Danilyan, Wakako Hironaka, Prof. Istvan Lang, Dr Rudd Lubbers, Diane Meyer Simon, Pat Mitchell, Adolf Ogi, Robert Redford, Dr Karan Singh, David Suzuki, Dr Mokombu S. Swaminathan, Princess Basma Bint Talal, and Dr Yevgeny Velikhov.
GCI was founded in 1993 by Nobel Peace Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev and is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization advocating and working globally to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and conducts on-the-ground projects in more than 30 countries around the world.