Managing Director, Grameen Bank
"My fondest dream is that some day our next generations, our children and grandchildren, will go to museums to see what poverty was like because there will no longer be any on this planet.
Former President, World Council of Churches
"I was attracted to the Forum by the style of its invitation: 'Come with your deepest questions - be ready to listen to all different perspectives.' The Forum is about commitment. Could such an attitude become reality with so many people and in such a short time? Very soon I shared the feelings of Peter Goldmark, who said: 'I am only here for a day and a half and I am overwhelmed by the impression that all of us are walking in the same direction.' The Forum has a search for and a presence of spirituality, to say a hidden trend in a world full of contradiction. My own visions were deepened, widened and confirmed."
"For me, stewardship has come to mean caring as much as we can, not only for each other but for the creatures, the non-human beings with whom we share the planet."
"...I think it is time to start a 'State of the World Forum Network', a network of the global brain-trust that we speak of, a network that will link all of us and expand our number for continuous dialogue on the creation of the first global civilization."
President, Costa Rica (1986-1990)
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1987
"Governments that export weapons have treated them as if they were just another commercial export. But weapons are different from commercial products. They waste buyers' resources if they are not used, and they destroy economies if they are. They frequently strengthen armed forces that are holding back the world- wide movement toward democracy which we believe is essential to long-term peace and justice."