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The Global Issues Network was founded by students and teachers of the International School of Luxembourg out of a combination of urgency and foresight for the sake of future generations and the health of the planet. It was at this time that these same educators had been audience to Jean-François Rischard’s recently published book, High Noon: Twenty Global Problems, Twenty Years to Solve Them (2002). The Former World Bank Vice-President's book was a road map to solutions that underscored the urgency for immediate action. Educators found themselves looking to the energy of their students to create this change.
Mr. Rischard described imminent issues such as water shortages, climate change, and illiteracy, that could only be solved through global cooperation. Mr. Rischard noted that the existing institutions charged with addressing global issues, namely appointed departments of government within nation-states and international organizations, were inadequate for the task. He found that many of the bureaucratic structures that these aforementioned institutions relied on consequently delayed action. This delay in action only increased the negative affects of the global issues we face, making it even more difficult to find viable solutions before it is too late. In his book, High Noon, he called for “global issues networks” that would be flexible and exceptionally-responsive to an ever-changing world.
Today GIN operates in over 100 countries and comprises more than 90,000 students worldwide.