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UN - call for support for the Blue Fund by Mr. Danilo Türk

Call for support for the Congo Basin Blue fund at the UN Security Council open Debate 


 
On 22 November, in New York, The UN Security Council held a special open debate on “ Water, Peace and Security”. In his speech,  Mr Danilo Türk, the Former President of Slovenia and the Chairman of this Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace, included a reference to the Congo Basin Blue Fund proposal and the importance of a political support for such initiatives. Sundeep Waslekar, a member of the Board of Advisers and President of the Strategic Foresight Group was also one of the principal speakers.
 

Launch of the Blue Fund by the President of the Republic of Congo

The President of the Republic of Congo, in collaboration with the Brazzaville Foundation, has launched the creation of the Blue Fund Initiative for the Congo Basin during his official speech at the COP22 on 16 November in Marrakech.

 

 

The Brazzaville Foundation is delighted to know that its Initiative became one one of the key points of the African Summit held in the margin of the COP 22.

For more information, please see our press release :
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A first meeting of experts at Brazzaville in Congo

On 13 September the Brazzaville Foundation held a meeting in Brazzaville with experts from government of the Republic of Congo to discuss how the economies of the the Congo Basin countries could shift from forest-based resources to a new form of sustainable development based on making much greater use of the renewable resources represented by the waters of the Congo and its tributaries.

The aim is to contribute to what the Economic Commission for Africa has called Africa’s “Blue Economy” and, by offering an alternative to the exploitation of forest resources, to support efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.

During their visit the Foundation's representatives, which included Sundeep Waslekar, a member of the Foundation's Advisory Board and Chairman of the Strategic Foresight Group, were received by the President of the Republic, the Foreign Minister and the Minister of State for Agriculture.

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Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, joins the Advisory Board of the Brazzaville Foundation

The Brazzaville Foundation is honoured to welcome the President Olusegun Obasanjo to its Advisory Board.
Jean-Yves Ollivier, Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation, said: “We are delighted that President Obasanjo, the distinguished Nigerian statesman, has agreed to join the Foundation’s Advisory Board“.
He was first appointed President of Nigeria in 1976 following a failed military coup and oversaw the restoration of civilian rule in 1979, becoming Nigeria’s first military ruler to hand over power to a democratically elected civilian government.
He was elected President in 1999 and 2003, standing down in 2007. His election on 29 May 1999 is now commemorated as Democracy Day, a public holiday in Nigeria.
Since leaving office, he has taken on a number of high-profile diplomatic missions including Special Envoy to the Ivory Coast on behalf of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in 2011; head of African Union electoral observation missions in Togo, Zimbabwe and Senegal; and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes in 2008.
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Three new members in the foundation’s Advisory Board

The Brazzaville Foundation is honored to welcome Jean-Paul Delevoye, Xavier Guerrand-Hermès and Pär Stenbäck in its Advisory board.

Jean-Yves Ollivier, Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation, declared “We are glad to have these three new members in our team. Their deep knowledge of diplomatic issues and international negotiation is a key asset for the Brazzaville Foundation”.

Jean-Paul Delevoye is an expert in economic and territorial issues. He is a former minister, Mediator of the French Republic and President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council. Xavier Guerrand-Hermès has a long-standing interest in interfaith dialogue and he is the Founder and Chairman of the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace. Pär Stenbäck completes his extensive knowledge of European policy issues with a deep experience acquired on the field, through his multiple humanitarian commitments.

Becoming part of the Foundation’s Advisory board, they integrate a group of international experts in diplomacy, environmental protection and conflicts resolution.

New partnership with The King Baudouin Foundation United States

The Brazzaville Foundation is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with The King Baudouin Foundation United States, Inc.

About The King Baudouin Foundation United States

The King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS) enables U.S.-based donors to support their favorite causes and organizations overseas, and provides European and African nonprofits with cost-effective solutions to raise funds in the United States. The King Baudouin Foundation United States is associated with the Brussels-based King Baudouin Foundation, an independent, pluralistic foundation that aims to contribute in innovative and sustainable ways towards greater social justice, democracy and respect for diversity.

ECOWAS’ renewed confidence in Kabine Komara

Kabiné Komara, a former Prime Minister of Guinea and member of the Foundation’s Advisory Board, has been chosen to lead a 100-strong ECOWAS electoral team to observe the Presidential elections in Benin on 6 March. This is the third time he has been chosen to lead an electoral observation mission in West Africa, a tribute to his integrity and impartiality. When asked about the reasons of this thrice renewed confidence by La Voix de Guinée, he said : « I believe these successive choices are the result of the credibility of Guinea since the end of military transition and the establishment of a democratic regime under President Alpha Conde ».
Kabiné Komara was also one of the lead speakers at a conference in Bamako on 18-20 February on “Africa – Between Chaos and Emergence ” in which he sounded the alarm about the risk of water shortages in the African continent becoming a future source of conflicts, particularly in the light of growing demographic pressures, if the right policies are not adopted.

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Interactive session with Strategic Foresight Group and key opinion makers in Mumbai

Sundeep Waslekar, President of Foresight Strategic Group, and Ilmas Futehally, CEO, recently invited Jean-Yves Ollivier to have an interactive session with key opinion makers in Mumbai including Mr Niranjan Rajadhyaksha (Executive Editor of Mint), Indrajit Gupta (CEO of Founding Fuel and founder Editor of Forbes India), Shaji Vikraman (Resident Editor of Indian Express), Anant Gadgil (Member of Legislative Council), D Shivanandan (former Director General of Police of Maharashtra) and Milind Bharambe (Joint Commissioner of Police of Mumbai City.) The exchange focussed on the comparison of Indian and Chinese engagement with Africa, his experiences in South Africa and the current issues in international politics.
In his interaction with the SFG Research Analysts, Jean-Yves Ollivier introduced his philosophy that an individual can make significant contribution to positive change at national and international levels.
The Strategic Foresight Group is a a think-tank based in India that advises governments and institutions around the world on managing future challenges (water diplomacy, terrorism, foresight for countries and societies). Sundeep Waslekar is President of Strategic Foresight Group and a member of The Brazzaville Foundation’s Advisory Council.

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Cécilia Attias joins the advisory board of the Brazzaville Foundation

The Brazzaville Foundation welcomes Cécilia Attias within its advisory board. “Cécilia Attias forged her experience of diplomacy at the highest level and managed to overcome very delicate situations with talent, notably during the Bulgarian nurses affair. Both her advice and contacts will be of great value to encourage foster pacific conflict resolution where the foundation is solicited” said Jean-Yves Ollivier, President of the Brazzaville Foundation.
Born in France, Cécilia Attias studied law at the University of Paris Panthéon-Assas, before becoming a parliamentary assistant. She then occupied various positions within ministers’ offices, at the Assemblée Nationale and at Neuilly’s city hall.
In 2007, as First Lady of France, Cécilia Attias managed to persuade Colonel Gadhafi to release five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor imprisoned on Libya’s death row. To this end, she twice visited Tripoli. After having successfully negotiated the extradition of the prisoners to Bulgaria, she was awarded honorary citizenship of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.
Cécilia Attias now lives in New York where she works as Vice President of Public Affairs at Richard Attias & Associates, part of WPP, the world’s largest communications services group. In this position, she has been working for several governments in the definition of their positioning and influence strategy.
She is also President and Founder of the Cécilia Attias Foundation for Women which aims to be a guiding force in fostering positive change for women across the globe.

The Republic of Congo joins the Elephant Protection Initiative promoted by Stop Ivory with the support of the Brazzaville Foundation

The Brazzaville Foundation warmly welcomes the decision by the Republic of Congo on 30 December 2015 to join the Elephant Protection Initiative, the 11th African country to do so.
This inter-governmental initiative is designed to save the African elephant by stopping the trade in ivory and is being promoted by the independent NGO Stop Ivory, with the support of the Brazzaville Foundation.
“Livelihoods for people and elephants are dependent on peace and stability; we are delighted to be partnering with The Brazzaville Foundation which works tirelessly to resolve conflict and conserve nature in support of the Elephant Protection Initiative.” Alexander Rhodes, CEO, Stop Ivory

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Ceremony of the Legion of Honour awarded to Jean-Yves Ollivier

On Wednesday, June 17th 2015, the president of the Brazzaville Foundation, Jean-Yves Ollivier, received the Legion of Honor from the French Prime minister Manuel Valls. Known as an expert in international business concerning raw materials, Jean-Yves Ollivier played a key role, on September 7th 1987, regarding the release, on the tarmac at Maputo Airport (Mozambique), of 133 Angolan soldiers and about fifty fighters for the independence of Namibia in exchange for the South African Captain Wynand Du Tout, caught two years before in Angola. After that, he helped for negotiating and signing the Brazzaville Agreement, which paved the way for the end of apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela, on February 11th 1990.

The private secretary of the prince of Kent, the British ambassador and several African ambassadors attended the ceremony.

First meeting of the Brazzaville Foundation Board

For the very first time, members of the Brazzaville Foundation met in London the 8th and 9th of SeptemberComing from all over the world, they broke the ice dining at London’s oldest restaurant, Rules.
The next day, the first advisory board took place at the Royal Automobile Club where the lunch was served afterwards. This work session was the occasion to broach different discussion points and to formalize the Foundation’s creation.
This two-day reunion ended with an official diner hosted at the Chamber of Lords, gathering the Foundation members and having London’s bishop, Lord Lothian and Michael Binyon from the Times as prestigious guests.

Were present :

  • Members
    • Prince Michael de Kent
    • Jean-Yves Ollivier
    • Philipp Prettejohn
    • Lord Bell de Belgravia
    • David Richmond
    • Dr Mathews Phosa
    • Sundeep Waslekar
  • Observers
    • Ilmas Futehally (Executive Director of the Strategic Foresight Group)
    • Philippe Jonnar

The United Nations Adds Plot For Peace to its official Archives

Plot For Peace – the documentary which recounts the story of the “conspiracy” that led to the release of Nelson Mandela and in which Jean-Yves Ollivier, aka “Mr. Jacques,” played a key role – was screened May 26, 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters.

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Many UN diplomats and personalities were present at the projection as the ambassadors Ismael Gaspar A. Martin, François Balumuene Mamadou Tangara and Caleb Otto, respectively permanent representatives of the republics of Angola, Congo, Gambia and Palau to UN and Pierre Oba, the Minister of Mines and Geology of the Republic of Congo.

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This projection was part of the United Nations World Africa Week.

Following the projection, The United Nations added Plot for Peace to its official archives.

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Illicit trade in wild flora and fauna in Africa

The Brazzaville Foundation participated in the International Conference on illegal exploitation and illicit trade in wild flora and fauna in Africa.

The Brazzaville Foundation took part, from 27 to 30 April 2015 at the International Conference on illegal exploitation and illicit trade in wild flora and fauna in Africa., held in Brazzaville (Congo). A strategy to prevent and reduce illegal trade in concerned species and products has been set up for the period 2015-2024 along with representatives of many African governments, special commissions of the United Nations, the European Union and major NGOs.