In his first major speech in the Middle East President Obama stated, "There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground." He went on to emphasize the importance of partnerships around the world, saying, "All these things must be done in partnership. Americans are ready to join with citizens and governments, community organizations, religious leaders, and businesses in Muslim communities around the world to help our people pursue a better life."
The president’s message resonates with GCN’s mission for the past 17 years. Global Citizens Network recognizes the interdependence of people around the world. Social and economic injustice, racial and ethnic inequality, and ecological loss affect all people. Through cooperative effort, individuals of all cultures can enhance their ability to make a difference locally and globally. That cooperative effort includes partnerships, exchanges, team immersion programs (such as GCN’s 10 day – 3 week trips ).
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Ambassador Uri Savir, former head of Israeli diplomacy and President, Peres Center for Peace commented, "President Obama's speech in Cairo is a historical watershed in international relations and in peacemaking. It is now up to the regional players to make it into a new reality. It is also an important time for citizen diplomacy to be active in galvanizing support for the President's vision."
Please consider seeking the President's endorsement for a national Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy and Presidential Summit. Global citizens around the world are encouraged to sign the Center's "Letter to the President" at: www.uscenterforcitizendiplomacy.org.