The life and accomplishments of GCI Founding President Mikhail Gorbachev were honoured at a tribute event held in 25-26 June 2011 in Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal.
Organised by Editorial Novembro together with the Municipal Government of Arcos de Valdevez, Green Cross International and the Gorbachev Foundation, the non-profit event included an exhibit demonstrating the impact President Gorbachev has had on society.
The exhibit consisted of 5 modules that looked back at the life and work of President Gorbachev, namely Being, Perestroika and Glasnost, Break the ice, Video and the Greening of Gorbachev. Green Cross International assisted with the design of the fifth module, which delves into the work of GCI around the world. While President Gorbachev was unable to attend the event personally, he sent a video message thanking the organisers for honouring him in such a special and unique manner.
The exhibit was officially inaugurated Sunday 26 June, for which GCI was represented by GCI President Alexander Likhotal, as well as by GCI Board Member Mario Soares, for whom a similar event was held in 2010.
In addition to the inauguration of the exhibit, the event also included street theatre performances portraying the life and political career of Mikhail Gorbachev. The 2-day event got started on 25 June with the Tribune of the little ones, a youth parliament where young people had the opportunity to ask questions of President Gorbachev, who was represented by GCI President Alexander Likhotal. The tribune was followed by a public conference of national and international figures discussing the life and work of President Gorbachev. The panel included Mario Soares, Alexander Likhotal, GCI Board Member Mohan Munasinghe and GC France Board Member Luc Hardy, among others. In addition, President George Bush Sr and former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz sent along video messages. The conference was followed by a reception and classical music concert held in the evening.