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Mikhail  Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev

Nobel Laureate & Former President of the Soviet Union


Mikhail Gorbachev served as leader of the Soviet Union from 1985-1991. He is world renowned and admired for streamlining and decentralizing the oppressive system he inherited. In an effort to secure relations with the West, Gorbachev signed two broad disarmament pacts, and ended Communist rule in Eastern Europe. He taught the world two new words: perestroika (governmental restructuring) and glasnost (political openness). As a result of his extraordinary achievements, Gorbachev was the recipient of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, the Orders of Lenin, the Red Banner of Labor, and the Badge of Honor. Read More >

In 1992, Gorbachev became President of The Gorbachev Foundation, known as the International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies. The Gorbachev Foundation is a nonprofit, non-partisan educational foundation. Its purpose is to articulate and address the challenges of the post Cold War world, through the revisioning of global priorities.

In 2019, Gorbachev was the focus of acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog’s documentary, Meeting Gorbachev. Called "a study in how world events often come down to quirks of character and circumstance" by the New York Times, Gorbachev is applauded  as "one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century."

In 1993, Gorbachev founded Green Cross International, the environmental organization with a mission to help ensure a just, sustainable, and secure future for all by fostering a value shift and cultivating a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility in humanity’s relationship with nature.

After graduating from Moscow State University with a law degree, Gorbachev joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1952, and acted as First Secretary for the Stavropol Komsomol City Committee from 1955 to 1958. He then gained reputation and experience in Stavropol politics. In 1971, he was elected as a member to the Central Committee, Communist Party (CCCP) of the Soviet Union. From 1978 to 1985, he served as Secretary for the CCCP with the responsibility for areas involving agriculture. Gorbachev also served as Deputy of the Supreme Soviet from 1970 to 1990, and acted as Chairman for the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Soviet Union from 1984 to 1985. From 1985 to 1990, he was President of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Read Less ^

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Restructuring Global Priorities In The Face Of Environmental Peril

As leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev changed his nation, instituting perestroika and glasnost. This set events in motion to end the Cold War and change the dynamics of global politics practiced by the superpowers. Today, the degradation of our environment and the threat to our planet and existence is just as serious. Clearly, another paradigm shift involving all nations is needed to meet this threat that we all face together. Read More >

A catalyst in addressing this potential global devastation, President Gorbachev founded the environmental organization Green Cross International over 15 years ago. With the mission to help ensure a just, sustainable, and secure future for all, the organization aims to cultivate a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility in humanity’s relationship with nature.

In this thought-provoking keynote speech, President Gorbachev takes a close look at the macro-political and economic solutions being discussed globally and what we can and must do to once again achieve the “impossible.” There is a role that we can all play unilaterally - as individuals, corporations, states and nations - to help improve our future, and President Gorbachev explains the steps necessary to bring this about. Read Less ^

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