Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

In Search of Creative Approaches to Address Global Challenges

26 September 2007

From 23-25 September 2007 the Louise T Blouin Foundation hosted the second Annual Global Creative Leadership Summit in New York in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships which provided them with strategic advice.

The foundation aims to encourage a better understanding of foreign affairs and culture beyond borders through international cooperation, exchange and dialogue for the 21st century.

In a unique peer-to-peer environment, the summit brought together 100 delegates, including Heads of State, Nobel-Prize winners, global CEOs and the most influential thought-leaders, to stimulate a cross-disciplinary creative approach in addressing common global challenges.

A range of topics such as Africa, climate change, trade, foreign policy, rule of law and education, were discussed.

In a panel discussion on Partnership Power and Potential, Amir Dossal elaborated on questions concerning the responsibility of non-state organizations to change the world, together with John Studzinski, Founder of Genesis Foundation, Martin Lipton, Founding Partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Matthew Bishop, Chief Business Writer at The Economist, William Haseltine, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Haseltine Associates Ltd and Chrystia Freeland, US Managing Editor of Financial Times.

Summit proceedings have been web casted and recorded sessions can be viewed at the Louise T Blouin Foundation’s website.

Click here to view a post- Summit interview by Riz Khan of Al Jazeera be viewed at the with Louise T Blouin MacBain and Amir Dossal.