General Lee Butler
Commander in Chief, U.S. Strategic Air Command (1990-1994)
"The invitation to address the State of the World Forum in late 1996 was the catalyst that prompted me to make public my concerns regarding the continuing role of nuclear weapons as instruments of national security. The warm response of the Forum audience to my remarks encouraged me to undertake a global campaign to make my voice heard on this issue. This effort has been enormously gratifying, and I am indebted to the Forum for its continuing support. I know of no other organization better suited to sustain the cause of nuclear disarmament, nor a more credible figure than President Gorbachev to lead the campaign."
"We cannot sit in silent acquiescence to the faded homilies of the nuclear priesthood. It is time to reassert the primacy of individual conscience, the voice of reason and the rightful interest of humanity. That is the charter of this Forum. That is my obligation as a responsible citizen of this planet."
Marian Wright Edelman
President, Children's Defense Fund
"I believe that protecting today's children - tomorrow's Mandelas and Mother Theresas - is the moral and common sense litmus test of our humanity in a world where millions of children's lives are ravaged by the wars, neglect, abuse, and racial, ethnic, religious, and class divisions of adults."
Chair, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
"The State of the World Forum has appropriately identified many changes in perception which have taken place in the last two decades. Basic, is the recognition that our earth is a vast interconnected system built upon mutual interdependence and interrelationship. In such systems, the tiniest, the micro is as essential as the largest, the macro. "
US National Security Advisor (1976-1980)
"The issue for the 21st century, I submit, is whether a basically democratic and ethically guided global community will emerge, in effect a global system of tolerant pluralism, or whether our world will be geo-politically and philosophically out of control with chaos and fragmentation prevailing."
"The Forum's collective intellectual power and moral authority are awe-inspiring."