Under the guidance of a distinguished steering committee led by Dr Mark Cutifani CBE and Ms Sharan Burrow AC, Chair and Deputy Chair respectively of our Global Advisory Council, the Global Foundation intends to step up its efforts in support of global sustainability, with a project focus over the next three years, on global governance arrangements as they impact on climate and nature.

The project involves an expanding number of affiliated figures of global influence, also from business, civil society, institutions and governments, who agree to collaborate to find real and lasting solutions to the continuing challenges facing the future sustainability of the planet.  The Foundation’s recent State of the World Roundtable, which featured an endorsement by the Deputy Secretary of the United Nations, among others, provided an important outline of the projects intentions.

The Foundation is now calling for expressions of interest for support and participation in the project, which will involve a series of global dialogue roundtable meetings, starting with Beijing in May 2024 and then the Vatican in Italy in June 2024.  Further meetings are proposed for Brazil, in partnership with its government and elsewhere across the world. 

The Global Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with the highest tax-deductible status in Australia. It is fully dependent upon the financial support of its partners and members to carry out its work.If you would like to consider offering support and would like to participate in the project and its global programs, could you please let me know, as soon as possible.

Continuing its long-standing engagement with China on global issues, the Foundation will again organise a mission of its supporters to Beijing, China from 25 to 27 May, 2024. The mission comes on the back of the good news that tariffs on Australian wines to China will be lifted, a matter with which the Foundation has had a material impact over the past year, working with Penfolds chief winemaker and the Chinese Ambassador to Australia. Our principal partner for the mission will be China’s most renowned international think-tank, the Center for China and Globalization, whose President and Secretary General are integrally involved with our continuing work in support of globalisation, better global governance and international co-operation. We will also arrange private meetings with high-level Chinese officials. The mission will provide our supporters with timely and valuable insights into contemporary China and its policies and intentions with regard to global engagement.

Marking 10 years since our first engagement with the Vatican in Rome, the Foundation will convene a roundtable meeting involving a cross-section of significant global leaders at the prestigious Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, inside the Vatican, from 16-18 June, 2024. The meeting will focus on harnessing the leadership of the private sector, in partnership with other sectors of society, in the service of the global common good and for the sustainability of the planet. The event will launch our planned program of global dialogue and engagement on these issues that we intend to roll out over the next 3 years, working with multiple partners worldwide. Reform of the international finance system to make it more fit for purpose will be a leading agenda item.  An optional side visit to the City of Assisi, where the Foundation enjoys a close relationship with the Mayor and Franciscan Friars, including lending our support for a Chapel in Woods of St Francis, is also planned for 19-20 June.

Please be in touch Natalia Cikorska, Chief of Staff at natalia.cikorska@globalfoundation.org.au, to register your interest and we’ll provide you with more detailed information about what it will take for you to join our signature global project.

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