Updates from the Geneva Institute for Leadership and Public Policy (GILPP)

A quick update from Celia Deneen, who has been with team from Global Hope Network International in Switzerland over the last few days for the Geneva Institute for Leadership and Public Policy (GILPP):

Geneva, Switzerland is a lovely setting for a conference with the mountains providing a background to Lake Geneva. Thousands of conferences are held here each year with the UN headquarters located in this city. I couldn't help but wonder as we walked the streets of this beautiful city about the impact of all of these conferences.  

The Geneva Institute for Leadership and Public Policy held its 12th annual conference the past two days, and we are grateful to have already heard of some of its impacts.

 Participants are responding, saying that their hope has been renewed and that they learned something which will help with sustainable development practices in their country. Many have said that they want to stay in touch and learn more - to continue growing as leaders. Though the conference has been virtual, our group of twelve on the ground here in Geneva has enjoyed robust times of sharing together and planning for the future as we celebrate the accomplishments from this year's GILPP.

We are so grateful to all of you who support Global hope Network International and for making the Geneva Institute for Leadership and Public Policy possible. You are helping efforts to expand the work of sustainable development internationally and investing in this, and the next, generation of world leaders. Thank you!

UPDATE:

I was also able to spend time with Lana and Medhat briefly reflecting on our highlights from GILPP this year.

Medhat: Highlights for me include our continuing partnership with UNITAR, over 600 registrants, and – after two years of being completely remote during the COVID-19 pandemic – the positive impact of having speakers together in one room.  

Some of the top presentations that stuck with me were from our speakers on Emotional Intelligence, Resilience after Trauma, Economics of Mutuality, the Million Village Challenge, and more.

Lana: I like the fact that registrants will be able to listen to the recording on their own timetable after the conference.  I was so glad to be able to be here in Geneva for the conference and look forward to everyone being back in person next year! 

Celia: One of the most impactful things about the Geneva Institute for Leadership and Public Policy for me this year was the startling statistics about the status of world poverty.  According to UNITAR Director Alex Mejia, at least 50% of the world’s population lives below the poverty line, with the situation having deteriorated during COVID. Fifty-two million people lost jobs during the pandemic.  According to Executive Director David Beasley of the World Food Programme, daily decisions must be made regarding who gets fed. This dire situation is a call to action!  GHNI has the skills to deliver to help populations come out of poverty through its five-pronged program called Transformational Community Development.  We must get to more villages to help them become self-sustaining.  We must create more partnerships that lead to change.  We must act to address some of the problems which plague our planet!
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