Our task is to create a world in which everyone will win – Bill Clinton

Our task is to create a world in which everyone will win – Bill Clinton
20 September 2013

The modern world faces such serious challenges that we should think about how to change  policy format globally, and to reset our objectives. Bill Clinton, US President between 1993 and2001 said today during a historic conversation between he and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair (1997-2007), moderated by Viktor Pinchuk at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Yalta European Strategy.

The modern world faces such serious challenges that we should think about how to change  policy format globally, and to reset our objectives. Bill Clinton, US President between 1993 and2001 said today during a historic conversation between he and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair (1997-2007), moderated by Viktor Pinchuk at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Yalta European Strategy.  The conversation, which covered a wide range of issues, was titled, “The World of Tomorrow: Designs by Visionary Leaders”.

“I think the world is experiencing good things. But bad things are also happening. They feed each other. Technology and communications may create new opportunities – promote economic growth, fight poverty, make  education accessible all over the world. On the other hand, the world of today suffers from high unemployment, severe poverty and is short of natural resources,” Bill Clinton stated. He reminded the audience that China is building three channels to divert water from the Yangtze River to the Yellow River in the country’s parched north, to provide water for the thirsty mega-cities, and help keep up the pace of development.  In the face of serious challenges like these, we have to change our current adversarial approach to political strategy and tactics, the ex-US President believes. “Most people think that politics is a zero-sum game.  Our goal is to make politics a game from which where everyone wins,” he said. The former US leader cited as the current discussions in the US Congress, as an example. “The debates have become absolutely absurd. The number one goal is to hold out politically,” Clinton stated.

The need to pursue a balanced and consensus-based policy at the international level is increasing dramatically. The imperative  is the serious global challenges which mankind now faces. “Let’s find a new way to establish stable power - including at the international level - in order to address the global problems. We face the challenges. Technology helps us. At the same time, technology helps the people on the other side of the barricade who fight against us. We need to create a world in which everyone can win,” Bill Clinton said.

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė officially opened the 10th Yalta Annual Meeting on September 20th. They presented their visions on how to create synergies for Wider Europe.
The 10th Yalta Annual Meeting will focus on factors of success that create strong, competitive, sustainable and fair countries and societies. Among the topics will be the global economy, energy security, threats and innovations transforming our lives, as well as successful leadership approaches. Special attention will be paid to the future of Wider Europe and Ukraine’s cooperation and integration perspectives.

Among the speakers are Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden; Stefan Fule, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy; Sergey Glazyev, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation; Kairat Kelimbetov, Vice Prime Minister of Kazakhstan; Leonid Kuchma, President of Ukraine (1994 – 2005); Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005) and Chairman of the Board of YES; Mario Monti, 54th Prime Minister of Italy (2011 – 2012); Ronald Noble, Secretary General Interpol; Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired), Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2011 – 2012); Bill Richardson, 30th Governor of New Mexico, 9th United States Secretary of Energy (1998 – 2001); Gerhard Schröder, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (1998-2005); Radoslaw Sikorski, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Poland; Javier Solana, EU High Representative for CFSR (1999-2009), member of the Board of YES; and Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General, Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe.
Speakers also include leading businessmen, economists and experts: Andrei Kostin, President and Chairman of the Management Board, VTB Bank; Daphne Koller, Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Coursera; Pascal Lamy, former Director General, WTO (2005 – 2013); Nouriel Roubini, Professor, Stern School of Business, New York University; Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University; Michio Kaku, physicist and futurist; Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (2007-2011); Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times;  Robert Zoellick, former president of the World Bank (2007-2012); and others.

In addition to President Yanukovych, Ukraine is represented by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Yuriy Boyko, Vice Prime Minister; and Leonid Kozhara, Minister for Foreign Affairs, among others.

Chrystia Freeland, Fellow, Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and former Editor of Consumer News, Thomson Reuters (2013), will moderate panel discussions on September 20th; Stephen Sackur, journalist and Host of HARDtalk, BBC, will moderate on September 21st.

The 10th Yalta Annual Meeting is streamed live at korrespondent.net and yes-ukraine.org in English and Ukrainian on September 20th and 21st.

Live Webcasts will also be available on the websites of ICTV (ictv.ua), Channel 5 (5.ua), «Kommersant» newspaper (kommersant.ua), as well as the online edition of "Ukrainska Pravda» (pravda.com.ua).

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