Green Horizon Magazine

Global Greens News

January 28th, 2013  |  Published in Beyond the U.S.

Global Greens is the partnership of the world’s Green parties and political movements, working cooperatively to implement the Global Greens Charter. This unique and inspiring document sets out our core values of ecological wisdom, social justice, participatory democracy, nonviolence, sustainability and respect for diversity.

With members in nearly 90 countries, the Greens are the world’s fastest growing political family. We work for change inside and outside the world’s parliaments and have elected representatives in all corners of the world at local, state and national level, and in the European Parliament. The Global Greens are organised into four federations in the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific. We aim to make the 21st century a green century. This means fundamentally reforming the dominant economic model, tackling climate change, ending the hunger crisis, promoting vibrant democracy, working for peace, protecting biodiversity and more.

Global Greens Secretariat moves to Brussels

In a major step to implement the Dakar Congress decisions, the Global Greens Secretariat will move from Australia to Brussels in 2013 and the Secretary position will become full-time. Margaret Blakers from Australia will take up the role of Global Greens Convener.

The Global Greens Coordination (GGC) met in Athens Nov. 6-8 to chart the next steps to build the Global Greens into a vigorous and effective organisation supporting Green politics worldwide.

Decisions taken by the GGC to give effect to the resolutions at the Dakar Congress last March include the appointment of an Executive Committee:

. Margaret Blakers from Australia, as the inaugural Global Greens Convener

. Frank Habinza, AGF representative from Rwanda

. Manuel Joel Diaz Capdevilla, FPVA representative from Venezuela

. Keli Yen, APGN representative from Taiwan

Juan Behrend, who has played a vital role in bringing Greens together globally since 1992, has been appointed to the Executive Committee as Global Greens Adviser.

The GGC will move to incorporate the Global Greens as an international non-profit organisation in Belgium.

The GGC is appointing three special advisers:

. a representative of Global Youth Greens . the host of the Dakar Congress, Papa Meissa Dieng . longtime Chairperson of Green Forum as liaison with Green Institutes and foundations

This is the start of a new and exciting era for the Global Greens. The next congress will be in Europe in 2016/2017 and we look forward to fulfilling the promise of the resolution on the Future of the Global Greens crafted in Dakar – to build a vigorous and effective global organisation supporting the work of the Greens worldwide.

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European Greens met in Athens Nov. 9-11

Meeting in Athens Nov. 9-11, the European Greens elected their new executive for the European Green Party Coordination, which will lead the party into the 2014 European elections.

Newly elected co-chairs Monica Frassoni (Italy) and Reinhard Beutikofer (Germany) and Secretary-General Jacqueline Cremers (Netherlands) are joined by committee members Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (France), Steve Emmott (UK), Panu Laturi (Finland), Lena Lindstrom (Sweden), Saraswati Matthieu (Belgium), Mar Garcia Sanz (Spain).

The EGP Committee serves a three year term.

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Rwanda alert

Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown has been banned from entering Rwanda. He was due to visit this week to support the Rwandan Greens and their President, Frank Habineza, in their efforts to promote democracy and have the party registered for elections to take place next year.

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