Sunday, February 28, 2010

Global Health Institute created


from left to right: Marina Geli, the director of the Center for International Health Research of Barcelona, Pedro Alonso, Javier Solana, former High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, the president of "la Caixa" and the Fundación "la Caixa", Isidro Fainé (Bilderberger), the rector of the University of Barcelona, Dídac Ramirez, President of the Generalitat, José Montilla, the director of the International Area of the Fundación "la Caixa", HRH Princess Cristina from Holland. Pic2: statue of a rider on a (pale?) horse conquering the globe behind Solana. source: LaCaixa

After having so much influence in defence, foreign policy, energy, and climate policy now Javier Solana found a new area for pushing forward global governance. The new Global Health Institute of Barcelona (Barcelona ISGlobal) is a body just created to combat diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS / HIV, pneumonia and diarrhea on a global scale. The challenge is to move global health which is "anchored in a postcolonial concept", as explained the director of ISGlobal Barcelona, researcher Pedro Alonso, to join synergies of research, training and other resources already available in the city in a new way, since it will have four areas: research, a laboratory of ideas and foresight, academic training and consultancy. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, University of Barcelona and Fundación Obra Social 'la Caixa' are the five founding members. The ISGlobal-Barcelona will be in contact with the World Health Organization (WHO) and also have the active participation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children's Foundation and Inbursa of Mexico and internationally relevant figures as Javier Solana.
ISGlobal become operational within two months. 

After their words another objective of ISGlobal-Barcelona will be to have a "laboratory of ideas" (for world government? (see my last article), analysis and foresight,  evaluation and dissemination of ideas and conducting rigorous and independent analysis. "Ideas that contribute to the debate in the field of global health, providing relevant information to policy makers, technics and management". "Promote and disseminate knowledge, both nationally and internationally", is the third major priority of the new center: "Lead and coordinate training in Global Health, the University of Barcelona as a framework and in collaboration with other academic institutions and scientists from Spain, Europe and the rest of world". Read more here: Link

This move also links Solana further with head of Alliance of Civilizations Jorge Sampaio, who since years is also at the front of tracking tuberculosis on a global scale (Link). Interesting enough Jorge Sampaio, just last week urged greater decentralisation of European governments and better balance between powers and budgets at "all levels" of its administrations, in order to benefit local governments and avoid "administrative and financial chaos". (Link).(="order out of chaos") Last year I had identified him als as a "nautic navigator"(Link).Now I find he is also awarding the socalled "Order of Prince Henry the Navigator (Portuguese: Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique). Receivers of the Grand Collars of the Order  were among others:
HM Juan Carlos I of Spain, on April 17, 1978
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, President of the Republic of France, on October 21, 1978
Hosni Mubarak, President of the Republic of Egypt, on August 19, 1983
His Most Eminent Highness Angelo de Mojana di Cologna, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, on September 2, 1983
François Mitterrand, President of the Republic of France, on September 29, 1983
HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, on December 14, 1991
Nelson Mandela, President of the Republic of South Africa, on March 9, 1996
Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic of Turkey, on May 12, 2009

Which brings me to the last news today:
"Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court Phillip Rapoza was recently elected president of the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation (IPPF).
  The Foundation, which includes judges, professors, prosecutors, prison officials, lawyers and other professionals representing more than 30 countries, is dedicated to promoting studies in the field of the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders. 
  The IPPF has consultative status to the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and the United Nations Economic and Social Council, as well as to the Council of Europe...  In 2002, Rapoza was awarded the rank of Commander (Comendador) in the Portuguese Ordem do Infante D. Henrique (Order of Prince Henry the Navigator) by President Jorge Sampaio "for promoting closer relations between the judicial systems of our two countries."  

stay tuned!


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