Green Cross International
The mission of Green Cross International, founded and chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev, is to help secure a future for all by fostering a shift in values and cultivating a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility in humanity's relationship with nature.
Green Cross International:
- promotes legal, ethical and behavioral norms to ensure the basic changes in the values, actions and attitudes of government, the private sector and civil society that are necessary for building a sustainable global community;
- prevents and resolves conflicts arising from environmental degradation;
- provides assistance to people affected by the environmental consequences of wars and conflicts.
Green Cross International conducts projects in three main areas:
- preventing and resolving conflicts over natural resources;
- addressing the environmental consequences of wars and conflicts;
- promoting legal and ethical norms for a sustainable future.
GCI has been granted consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and with UNESCO. It also cooperates directly with the UNEP/OCHA Environmental Emergencies Section, UN-HABITAT and other international organizations.
GCI publishes a quarterly magazine, The Green Cross Optimist; other publications include: Water for Peace, Between Conflict and Cooperation: the Role of Civil Society; Water for Peace in the Middle East and Southern Africa; National Sovereignty and International Watercourses; Greening Affordable Housing; and numerous works on nuclear and chemical weapons.