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Club of Amsterdam Newsletter, Issue 03

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Club of Amsterdam Event on Wednesday, January 29th, 2003:
Don't miss this exciting event about the future of Global Economy!


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the future of Global Economy

Globalisation, Sustainability in the 21st Century
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 18:30-22:15. VIP Reception at 17:30.
Where: Auditorium, Hogeschool van Amsterdam,
Weesperzijde 190, Amsterdam [next to Amstelstation]

Our keynote speakers are:
Annemarie Jorritsma-Lebbink, former Dutch Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Affairs
Paul Hohnen
, Vice-President, Strategic Development, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Our panelists are:
- J.P.Thomas Thijssen, Managing Director of Hamilton International
- Mark de Beer, Deputy Director, Amsterdam Foreign Investment Office
and our host Peter C. van Gorsel, Director of the Institute for Media and Information Management, Hogeschool van Amsterdam.

"The Global Reporting Initiative is an admirable response to one of the primary challenges of our times: making global markets more stable and inclusive." - Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations

Who should attend?
This Event is essential for small and medium-sized companies as well as for large enterprises, NGOs and governmental organisations!
Anyone interested in economy should use this opportunity to stay in touch and be prepared for future developments.

More information at: http://www.clubofamsterdam.com

Globalisation, Sustainability in the 21st Century - the GRI Contribution

The September 2002 UN World Summit on Sustainable Development saw governments cautiously endorse globalisation. They did so believing that globalisation could be a tool for alleviating poverty and ensuring that the benefits of development were better shared. They also recognised the key role of business in this process. Recognising, also, that growth could have negative impacts for societies and eco-systems, governments committed to promoting increased responsibility and accountability by the business community. They specifically cited the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines as an instrument that could help business in meeting this challenge. The presentation will outline some of the ways in which the GRI is being used to help move industry and other stakeholders towards a more sustainable future, and to enhance corporate governance at the same time.

Global Reporting Initiative
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) was established in late 1997 with the mission of developing globally applicable guidelines for reporting on the economic, environmental, and social performance, initially for corporations and eventually for any business, governmental, or non-governmental organisation (NGO). Convened by the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the GRI incorporates the active participation of corporations, NGOs, accountancy organisations, business associations, and other stakeholders from around the world.

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Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, January 29, 2003: the future of Global Economy
Monday, February 17, 2003: the future of Urban Development
Wednesday, March 26, 2003: the future of Mobility
Wednesday, April 23, 2003: Senior Citizens & future Technology
Wednesday, May 28, 2003: the future of Medicine
Wednesday, June 25, 2003: the future of Countries & Democracies

The CLUB OF AMSTERDAM is an international think tank which reflects our future: How we want to live, communicate with each other and what tools and cities we need, how we want to commute and how culture or industries should develop. In short: what we want our future to be.

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