What is GIN?

“ To empower young people to collaborate locally, regionally and globally in order to create sustainable solutions for global issues.”


The Global Issues Network (GIN) Conference empowers young people to develop sustainable solutions to address global problems and to implement their ideas with the support of the network. 




JF Rischard, former World Bank Vice President Europe, wrote in his book High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them: "Exponential changes creating unprecedented global issues mean that complementary solutions to existing institutions are needed. The concept of networks will bring speed, flexibility and action."

"I strongly believe that it will take the combination of a new method of global problem solving and a new mindset …. Schools have a pressing responsibility in this regard to expose the next generations more systematically to these global problems and to help develop the new mindset that is needed --- the 'global citizens first' mindset… tomorrow’s generations must develop a networking-oriented mindset if they are going to solve the burning global problems that stare us in the face.”

- Jean Francois Rischard

Begun by teachers and students from six international schools in Europe, the GIN programme is based upon Rischard's book. Rischard describes imminent issues that can only be solved through global cooperation. Among these are water shortages, global warming, environmental degradation, infectious diseases, poverty, illiteracy, depletion of fisheries, peacekeeping, and the loss of ecosystems.

Rischard notes that the existing institutions charged with addressing such issues, namely nation states, government departments and international organizations, are often self-serving, cumbersome and inadequate for the task. He calls for an alternative model of global governance based upon independent global networks that are flexible and super-responsive.

International schools already represent a network of independent organizations that coordinate their worldwide efforts toward a common purpose, and are therefore an excellent platform to apply Mr. Rischard’s concepts. Students can be encouraged to think systematically about real issues while also taking action to improve the human condition. This approach involves collaboration rather than competition, where students assume leadership of their own programme. Their network should promote both face-to-face conferences and on-going communication via the latest technologies.




Sharing our planet: Issues involving the global commons 

  • Global warming

  • Biodiversity and ecosystem losses

  • Fisheries depletion

  • Deforestation

  • Water deficits

  • Maritime safety and pollution


Sharing our humanity: Issues requiring a global commitment 

  • Massive step-up in the fight against poverty

  • Peacekeeping, conflict prevention, combating terrorism

  • Education for all

  • Global infectious diseases

  • Digital Divide

  • Natural disaster prevention and mitigation


Sharing our rule-book: Issues needing a global regulatory approach

  • Reinventing taxation for the 21st century

  • Biotechnology rules

  • Global financial architecture

  • Illegal drugs

  • Trade, investment, and competition rules

  • Intellectual property rights

  • E-commerce rules

  • International labor and migration rules


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