Speech by Yoshiyuki Takagi, President and Founder of Network Earth
Geneva, 18 July 2002óWorld Civil Society Forum
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I am Yoshiyuki Takagi, President and Founder of Network Earth Village, an
environment and peace NGO from Japan.
I am very honoured to speak to you all today, to make a very important
Now, as you know, the world today is full of issues such as hunger, poverty,
wars, corporate-driven globalization, etc.(et cetera) which are difficult for
governments to solve.
Why? Because of conflicts of interests, economic and military pressures by
very powerful countries and multi-national corporations.
Who can solve this? We, the peoples, the citizens. We are not bounded to
such conflicts of interests.
Then why, were we not able to solve it?
- No.1: We are not, well informed of the facts and the real root-causes
- No.2: We are not, really working together as a whole and
- No.3: We are not, aware of the methods and solutions already existing in
the world today
Then, what can we do?
It's simple, very simple:
- No.1: Spread and Inform, facts and underlining real root-causes
- No.2: Network, together
- No.3: Share, the many good practices and solutions that are in the world.
And last but important
- No.4: Act and express in your own diverse ways to solve the issues
Imagine all the peoples on this Earth, through this informational network,
utilizing communication tools such as internet or other methods, to spread the
truth, share good ideas, expressing opinions and act together, but in our own
diverse ways to solve many of today's world issues!
Let's name it, a "United Global Citizens", tentatively for now, to call this
single huge network of peoples, citizens, NGOs, CSOs, and already existing
What can United Global Citizens do? Please don't think, but try to imagine
what this can do.
We are talking about a network on a global scale, worldwide, in the
Against hunger, poverty, and large scale disasters we can all express
support and act immediately to help. Helping on a global scale should be most
effective against any unfortunate situations. Against countries and those who
perpetrate wars, terror and violence, unfairness, environmental degradation, we
can say NO, or act such as global boycotting.
Who or what country can act against global wishes and demands? Who or what
country can act, resist a global and simultaneous boycotting? Boycotting
globally should be able to move anybody or any country.
In the upcoming 21st century, world will naturally lead to civil society.
Lead actor in civil society, is naturally, we the peoples or citizens. Would
you not think that this "United Global Citizens" is one an important concept
needed in our 21st century?
We have named it United Global Citizens for now, and this is our proposal!
And we have worked on spreading the words of this concept for more than 2
years, from the G7 summit in Japan to Euro Environment Conference, and WSSD
Prepcoms 1, 2, 3, 4, and here is the long list of supporting individuals and
NGOs who wanted to change this World.
And we have come to propose the same concept to all of you here at World
Civil Society Forum!
Please, let see your hands if you support this concept.
Let us applaud if you think this is a great idea, and support such a
Thank you, and I thank you to all too!
I am relieved to hear such positive expressions!
Please sign your support to this long list of supporting members.
Let's join together!