Thursday, September 07, 2006

Young Leaders Summit: The Transition Generation and Social Entrepreneurship - Saturday, 9/16

The Transition Generation: Fulfilling the Promise

In his new book, The Meaning of the 21st Century, Dr. James Martin argues that as the world gets smaller, the challenges get bigger. Climate change, financial instability, and the spread of deadly weapons know no borders and require global solutions. Dr. Martin therefore calls today’s young people the “transition generation” because it is these young leaders that will play the critical transition role to the next world order. “We are traveling at breakneck speed into an era of extremes—extremes of wealth and poverty, extremes in technology, extremes of globalism,” he writes. “If we are to survive, we must learn how to manage them all."

In collaboration with the World Education Corps at Oxford University, Americans for Informed Democracy is hosting a young global leaders summit entitled The Transition Generation: Fulfilling the Promise in New York City on Saturday, September 16th. The summit will bring together students and young professionals from across the U.S. for a series of panels, discussions, and workshops aimed at examining the unique responsibilities of the “transition generation” and the opportunities for young leaders to fulfill these responsibilities through innovative global leadership and social entrepreneurship. The summit is part of a broader effort to equip the “transition generation” with the tools they need to lead in an interconnected world. As Dr. Martin observes, "whatever else education achieves, it must equip young people to take responsibility for our future — and to find adventure and joy in being global citizens in a time of historic transition."

The summit is set to take place the day before a major September 17th rally at the United Nations in New York City being led by the by the Save Darfur Coalition, an alliance of more than 160 faith-based, humanitarian and human rights organizations. The rally seeks a United Nations peacekeeping force to immediately deploy to the Darfur region to stop the genocide there. The rally is part of a Global Day for Darfur.

The summit is also part of a broader series, called The People Speak, which in 2006 is building discussions in the U.S. on a wide range of issues, including Peace, Security, and Human Rights; Energy and Global Climate Change; and the Millennium Development Goals. The People Speak offers a rare opportunity for Americans of all levels to consider topics such as global security, development, and the environment.

Confirmed speakers at the summit include:
James Martin, Founder of the James Martin 21st Century School and the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization at Oxford University and Author of The Wired Society

Mandeep Bains, Senior Policy Advisor, United Nations' Millennium Campaign

Ami Dar, Executive Director of Idealist – Action Without Borders
Alison Fine, Author of Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age

Varun Gauri, Senior Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank
Mark Hanis, Executive Director of
Genocide Intervention Network
David Macquart, Co-founder of
Global Nomads Group
Erin Mazursky, Executive Director, Students Taking Action Now: Darfur (STAND)
Sonal Shah,
Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability, Goldman Sachs
Lucas Welch, President of

Click here to view the schedule of the Transition Generation Summit

Click here to apply to be a participant at the Transition Generation Summit

More on the sponsors:

Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization working to raise global awareness and civic participation through town hall forums and conferences focused on the U.S. role in the world. Through these efforts, AID seeks to build a new generation of globally conscious leaders who can shape an American foreign policy appropriate for our increasingly interdependent world. AID will hold more than one hundred fifty Securing the Future town-hall meetings and two international videoconferences in 2006 on the changing global environment.

The World Education Corps (WEC) is an international volunteer service organization that unites the energy and idealism of youth with the power of digital media to meet global educational needs and to build awareness of critical issues facing the planet today. WEC volunteers from around the world are engaged in community-based educational and humanitarian projects that aim to improve access of digital media resources, provide skills training and resources to local communities and empower youth, teachers and community leaders.

Prince Zeid of Jordan nominated for UN SG

Prince Zeid seems like a really strong candidate for the position of United Nations Secretary General. His bio is more than sufficiently persuasive. Let's see where this goes!



Jordan has nominated its Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, for Secretary-General. The Mission of Jordan confirmed that it submitted its nomination to the President of the Security Council and the General Assembly. Jordan belongs to the Asian Group for the purposes of elections, including Secretary-General selection, so his selection would satisfy the preferences of Member States who emphasize regional rotation and argue that it is Asia’s “turn” to produce a Secretary-General.

Prince Zeid is the fifth declared candidate so far for the post.

Other candidates include: South Korea's Foreign Minister , Ban Ki Moon; India's Shashi Tharoor, U.N. Under Secretary General for Public Information; Sri Lanka's Jayantha Dhanapala, a former U.N. Under Secretary General; and Thailands Deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirathai.

Prince Zeid's bio from Maxim's News:

Prince Zeid is Jordan's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations; a post he has held since August 2000.
In the course of his distinguished career as a diplomat, peacekeeper and international mediator, Prince Zeid has developed a unique experience in the UN�s most challenging issues in the Twenty-First century.

He has also consistently challenged the United Nations to live up to its founding ideals as a servant of all the world's peoples, and the instrument of its Member States in advancing development, peace and security.

In 1997, as Jordan's Deputy UN Representative, he was the first and only official in the General Assembly to demand publicly a complete UN report on the Srebrenica massacre, Europe's worst atrocity since 1945.

The following year, he led a campaign among member states to this effect, which culminated in a call by the General Assembly for a definitive account. The Secretary General responded by producing a report widely considered to have been groundbreaking both in its honesty and in its thoroughness.

An expert in the field of international justice, Prince Zeid also played a central role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court. He chaired, for example, over the course of two years, the complex, often pioneering, negotiations on the "elements" of the individual offenses falling under the crimes of: Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes.

Courts around the world now cite the definitions for "Crimes Against Humanity", refined by the "elements", as "authoritative".

In September 2002, Prince Zeid was elected the first president of the governing body of the International Criminal Court, at a time when the Court was only a plan on paper, with no officials or even an address to its name and, in three years, oversaw the Court's growth into the institution it has now become.

He has also been active on other legal issues. He was the first of two UN ambassadors to chair the Ad Hoc Committee on the Scope of Legal Protection under the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel.

And in the spring of 2004, he was chosen to be chairman of the "Panel of Experts for the UN Secretary-General's Trust Fund to Assist States in the Settlement of Disputes through the International Court of Justice", in the matter relating to the boundary dispute between Benin and Niger.

Earlier that year, he was also appointed by his government as Jordan's representative, and head of delegation, before the International Court of Justice in the matter relating to the wall being built by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Having served as a political affairs officer in UNPROFOR in the former Yugoslavia from February 1994 to February 1996, and having worked intimately with peacekeeping issues for over the last decade, Prince Zeid's knowledge of UN peacekeeping is also extensive.

Following allegations of widespread abuse being committed by UN peacekeepers in the summer of 2004, he was appointed as "Advisor to the Secretary-General on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse."

In the spring of 2005, he produced a report on this subject; praised subsequently by international civil society for having been "revolutionary" in its approach. It provided, for the first time, a comprehensive strategy for the elimination of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UN Peacekeeping Operations. The report was endorsed in full, by the 191 Heads of State and Government, in September 2005.

Prince Zeid currently chairs the Consultative Committee for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and has, over the past two years, led an effort to establish greater strategic direction for the Fund.

Born in Amman, and educated in Jordan, the United Kingdom and the United States, Prince Zeid holds a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Cambridge (Christ"s College). In 1989, he also received his commission as an officer in the Jordanian desert police (the successor to the Arab Legion) and saw service with them until 1994.

His publications include: "A Nightmare Avoided: Jordan and Suez 1956" in Israel Affairs (Winter 1994), and "Religious Militancy in the Arab Middle East: Threats and Responses 1979-1988" in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs (Spring 1989).

Prince Zeid is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation. He is married to Princess Sarah Zeid, and they have a son and a daughter.